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February 16, 2014

MEET THE CANDIDATE: Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Greg Martin

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I will be tough on drug and alcohol offenders. Teen Challenge, founded by the late David Wilkerson, author of “The Cross and the Switchblade,” assists people with addictions. Ages 18 to 65 are served in these facilities. Offenders can expect to be handed down proper sentencing under the law, and repeat offenders with life- altering substance and alcohol addictions can anticipate being assigned to a treatment facility. No federal, state, city, or county funding is used for Teen Challenge. All units are funded privately and they are non-profit, 501c3 organizations. A study revealed in 2001 that the success rate of Teen Challenge was approximately 81 percent for those who entered the program and more importantly, they remained out of the court system.

How can court efficiency or other areas of court operations be improved and what are your plans to do so if elected?

Judge Merkley runs one of the best JP courts in Texas and will be missed after 24 years of service. If elected, I intend to spend time with Judge Merkley consulting her for advice and wisdom and to continue her highly-efficient methods, while identifying areas she believes would further facilitate improvements to the court. I will also implement additional efficiencies by consulting with other Texas Judges and continue to add to my knowledge by pursuing additional continuing education. I believe computer automation will also play a great role in creating better court efficiency.

I will add legal education to the Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 website, which will assist plaintiffs and defendants in understanding what they can expect when coming to court. I encourage everyone to utilize an attorney and/or legal professional. In the event legal counsel cannot be afforded, everyone should have fair access and be confident bringing their pro se case to Parker County Precinct 3, without reservation. I will also see that information sheets and instructions assisting plaintiffs and defendants are provided, to aid in them prosecuting or defending their cases. This information will assist those coming to court and help facilitate the process; it will not provide legal counsel or replace the advice of an attorney but will help a pro se litigant.

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