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Craig Smith

Texas district judge

Craig Smith is presiding judge in the 192nd Judicial District Court in Dallas. He is the past president of the Texas Association of District Judges and has published numerous commentaries and op-eds in Texas newspapers and is co-author of the forthcoming book, On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy. He can be reached at [email protected]

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An Open Season on Judges

Judicial independence is not some quaint custom, like the wig of an English barrister. It’s foundational. From traffic disputes to the U.S. Supreme Court, our judicial system will not work unless parties trust the independent neutrality of judges to enforce the law and thus accept decisions without resorting to unrest or violence, even when they disagree with the result.