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Nigerian-born American famous Attorney eyes election as Judge for Dallas

Posted by on Apr 28th, 2017 and filed under From the Court, Top Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

By Kayode Adeoti

It was revealed recently that a Nigerian born-American famous Attorney, Chika Anyiam, eyes election as judge for Dallas County Criminal Court District on 7 March 2018.

According to report, Anyiam has been practicing Criminal Law for over 17 years in America and had successfully handled all levels of felonies, misdemeanors, mental health cases, which have made her received huge support from African-American communities.

The 48-years-old born Nigerian American citizen, a democrat, whose legal virtues was celebrated on Dallas Morning News recently in an Editorial as: “Anyiam’s answers were consistently thoughtful during our recommendation interview but often reflected the voice of who she, in fact, is — a defense attorney…” now sets her eyes on the historic election of Dallas County Criminal Court 7 in Texas, where she has been acknowledged by hundreds of African-American communities as the best candidate for the plum position, with lots of outpouring emotions for all her good legal work for humanity.

She was earlier reported to have stated that: “I believe that the citizens of Dallas County should not wait endlessly for justice, whether they are the accused or the accuser. This causes untold hardship to families, and leads to needless waste of county resources. Justice must feel fair, to be true. As judge of the Criminal District Court No. 2, I will be tough on crime where deserving, but also utilise the many resources available through our justice system to rehabilitate individuals where appropriate.

“I intend to establish a true felony mental health diversion court as part of my court’s docket, to make sure that where appropriate, the mentally ill will not have to sit in jail, will not be given a criminal history, but will get the treatment they need quickly. I have been twice voted by the Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as one of Dallas Best Criminal Defense Attorneys, in 2014 and 2015. I have the respect of my colleagues, and as they will tell you, I have the temperament and demeanor necessary to be a judge.

“As judge of the Criminal District court No. 2, I will show up on time, and run my docket efficiently and effectively. I will maintain a culture of professionalism and decorum both in my courtroom, and off the bench.

“I commit to serve the citizens of Dallas County to deliver true and timely justice to all, and ask for your support and vote to make this happen.”

In spite of Anyiam’s previous candidacy last year for the Dallas County Criminal Court in Texas, where she narrowly lost in a primary runoff election on May 24, 2016, her enthusiasm for finding better ways to deal with mentally ill defendants stands out in her campaign.

Anyiam, member of State Bar of Texas, is equally member of the following legal associations in United States: Member-Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member-Dallas Bar Association; Member-Dallas Criminal Defense Association, Member – J. L. Turner Legal Association and Member-NAACP, Garland Chapter.

Meanwhile, Judges of the county courts are elected in partisan elections by the county they serve and serve four-year terms, with vacancies filled by a vote of the county commissioners.

To serve on a county court, a judge must be at least 25 years old; be a resident of his or her respective county for at least two years; and have practiced law or served as a judge for at least four years preceding the election.

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