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MEET JUDGE CHUCK SILVERMAN
Judge Chuck Silverman is an experienced legal professional with a successful 36-year career in law. He is currently an Associate Judge, is the former presiding Judge of the 183rd District Court and is a certified mediator. Judge Chuck has also worked as a General Counsel for a multinational company. Chuck is a devoted father and husband, and he was raised in Texas. He holds a BA, MBA, and Law degree from Tulane University. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, skeet shooting and sporting clays. With his extensive experience and diverse background, Judge Chuck Silverman is the best choice for Justice, Place 3 on the 14th Court of Appeals.
What issues are the Texas appellate courts facing?
The Texas Court of Appeals is currently facing a number of issues that are affecting the court's ability to function effectively. Some of these issues include a backlog of cases, funding challenges, and a shortage of judges. These challenges are causing delays in the appeals process and impacting the delivery of justice in the state. Efforts are being made to address these issues, but progress has been slow.
What can be done to improve access to justice for all, including persons or groups who may be underserved?
To enhance access to justice we could prioritize legal aid funding, simplify legal procedures, promote alternative dispute resolution, and increase awareness of available resources. Additionally, we could address systemic inequalities to ensure equitable representation for underserved individuals and groups.
What is your view of the role of courts relative to the other branches of government?
Courts interpret laws, ensuring their constitutionality. They provide a check on the executive and legislative branches, safeguarding rights and maintaining a balance of power crucial for a functioning democracy.
Since judicial candidates solicit donations and raise money to be elected, how can voters be assured that campaign donations will not impact how judges interpret the law and/or review lower court decisions?
Texas judicial candidates must prioritize transparency, disclose contributions promptly, follow ethical codes, and should consider supporting public financing of judicial contests. These measures may reassure voters of judges' impartiality in interpreting the law and reviewing lower court decisions. Also, I will follow the Rules of Judicial Conduct and recuse myself from an appeal if required.
What effect will the new business court and statewide court of appeals have on the administration of justice in Texas?
The new business court in Texas aims to expedite commercial cases, fostering economic efficiency. A statewide court of appeals can streamline appellate processes, enhancing consistency and legal clarity. Both initiatives have the potential to improve overall justice administration in Texas.
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