The youngest of four candidates in the Republican primary for the Smith County court at law judge position, Jason Ellis, said he is not inspired by people who sit on the sidelines, but instead those who serve when called.
He said his bid for office shows his willingness to serve his community, and he believes the court is an important fixture in the judicial system in Smith County and needs someone to be fair, but also move the cases through the court in a timely matter.
“Everyone cares about the court when they are in it,” he said. “If elected I would eliminate the unnecessary hearings and stop the endless continuances that delay justice. Justice demands that cases be heard quickly and judged fairly.”
Ellis, 31, and his wife, Dr. Andrea Ellis, have been in Tyler for the past six years and he said they couldn’t see living anywhere else.
A graduate of the Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, Ellis worked for the Smith County district attorney’s office for 18 months where he worked misdemeanor cases such as DWI and domestic abuse. He now runs his own practice in downtown Tyler.
Ellis said he has taught continuing legal education courses on the prosecution of drug free zone crimes and the Law concerning expunctions and non-disclosures. He chairs the Smith County Bar Association’s regional High School Mock Trial Tournament where East Texas high school students compete in mock trials.
He and his wife volunteer at Bethesda Health Clinic. They are active members of Bethel Bible Church where they teach Sunday School.
Ellis said he feels the court has been moving too slowly.
He said he would work to fix problems he sees such as speeding up the docket by setting trial dates and holding jail call at the jail to expedite cases, which could save taxpayers money by reducing the time defendants sit in jail waiting for their cases to be heard.
“Right now it takes too long for orders to be signed and for trials to be set. Court time is precious time, and justice is supposed to be swift,” he said.
Ellis said he believes a judge should base each case on its merits and not put every case in one category.
“It is important that judges listen, because each case is different,” he said.
For more on Ellis see his website at ellisforjudge.com.