One of the most valuable elements of our justice system is the courts, in which every citizen who has been arrested in a criminal matter, or sued in a civil case, has the right to a hearing and a fair trial by a jury of his/her peers.
Thankfully, most people will never be compelled to make an appearance in the austere surroundings of a courtroom. But, for those who may find themselves in such a situation, or, for those who are merely curious about the process, it’s important to know something about the way the system works. Each state has its own penal codes and court structures that run the gamut from family, criminal, civil and appeals courts.
Jonathan Bailey is a Judge of the 431st District Court in Denton County. Judge Bailey was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2011, an appointment that was supported by State Senator Jane Nelson and unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate.
Judge Bailey was elected by voters in 2012 to continue serving as judge of that court. He is currently running for reelection in the Texas Republican primary on March 1st. Recently, Judge Bailey sat for a video interview to talk about his background and to give viewers some information regarding the role of a District Court Judge.
In the short video below, Judge Bailey describes the various cases handled in a District Court. He also talks about the court which handles all Felony Family Violence cases in the county.
For more info on Judge Bailey, please click on: www.keepjudgebailey.com.
Bob Weir is a long-time Flower Mound resident and former local newspaper editor.