Each election season is sure to bring a slew of new mandamus opinions as decisions of our election officials are challenged.  That’s what happened in In re Cercone

Albert Cercone, who is the Republican Party nominee for Dallas County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1, filed a petition for writ of mandamus to

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case of Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company, involving a judicial recusal in West Virginia where judges are elected.  The precise question presented is "whether Justice Benjamin’s failure to recuse himself from participation in his principal financial supporter’s case violated the Due Process Clause of

Texas voters elected (or re-elected) a slate of judges in the state on Tuesday.  Last week we posted a list of the appellate court races in the state. 

A list of the winners in those appellate court races is displayed below.  The final, official figures are not yet posted, but most of these outcomes are unlikely to change.

For additional statewide results, check with the Texas Secretary of State’s election’s webpage.


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We elect our judges in Texas.  We can debate the pros and cons of selecting judges by election, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are in the middle of an election now.   Early voting goes through Friday, October 31st.  You can vote at any early voting location and all you need to vote is a valid driver’s license.  If you can’t vote early or don’t want to, Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.  To find your polling place for election day, follow this link.

Under this system of judicial selection, the best way to ensure selection of quality judges is an informed electorate.  To that end, here’s a list of appellate candidates for judicial office with links to help you better educate yourselves.


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