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The pillars of the Campaign for Monique J. Huff for Judge of County Criminal Court No. 10 are Compassion, Justice, Respect.
The Court can be a scary place for all involved in the criminal justice process, but I believe it should be a safe place for victims not be be revictimized, the accused to receive their day in Court, and for those working in the Court to be treated with respect. I plan to treat all persons contributing to the workings of the Court with compassion to hear their issues and work together towards the resolution of issues.
The Court is to ensure that all parties are provided fair representation under the rule of law. I plan to run an efficient Court were all parties know their roles and are allowed to perform their job whether prosecutor, defense attorney, bailiff, court clerk, court reporter, or service provider. I want victims to feel safe to be heard and start to heal.
All human beings deserve respect. The law grants them the opportunity to be heard, and I want all afforded that opportunity under the law. I want to get to the heart of what contributes to domestic violence. I want to provide resources for funding a job, financial education, and anger management. When a person doesn't feel they can provide for themselves or their family, this feeling of helplessness can lead to anger and violence. I plan to provide resources for those asking for help and wanting to rehabilitate themselves and do better.
It is common procedure that individuals charged with a family violence offense are required to take a Texas Department of Criminal Justice certified Battering Intervention & Prevention Program, known as "BIPP." Does this usually required program address some of the problems at the heart of domestic violence?(Read More)
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
One of the primary reasons I am running for this bench is to operate a more efficient court; the efficiency of the Court is largely an administrative role. Dallas County requires all Defendants in criminal courts, where your liberty is at stake, to have an attorney to protect their rights and provide the representation guaranteed by the United States and Texas Constitution.
Presently, private attorneys charge 2 to 3 times more for representation in this court because the administration of this court is unnecessarily lengthy, time consuming, and attorneys spend hours sitting in court. Appointed attorneys decline appointments in this court because of the needless waste of time in court not actually resolving cases, as well as the Court’s refusal to pay for the time spent in court waiting to be addressed.
Every time an attorney denies an appointment, another business day must expire before another attorney can be appointed. Indigent Defendants are left in jail without an attorney reviewing their case longer than necessary because they cannot get representation--through no fault of their own. Victims sit in limbo, unsure when or if their abuser will be punished and/or get help for their problem, and no work towards rehabilitation is taking place to help our communities. Our jails unnecessarily fill up making taxpayers responsible for the care of unadjudicated Defendants.
#VoteHuff because Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.