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Morrow seeks 5th term as JP

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, September 7, 2013

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow announced Wednesday that she will seek a fifth term in office.

Jan Morrow

In a press release from the Wise County Republican Party, Morrow said she appreciated the confidence placed in her by citizens, and she’s excited about the new civil law reform.

“I enjoy my job,” she told the Messenger. “There’s a definite satisfaction to know you have been of service to people.”

When she first took office, business was primarily conducted with pen and paper, but through the years, she has overseen the transition to electronic records.

“It’s not mandated that we e-file, but the upper courts are falling into that realm. I think we’ll be there in the next couple of years, too,” she said. “We’re already scanning things and preparing for that time.”

Morrow said she is also excited about civil law reforms which affect the filing, pre-trial procedures, trial and appeal of all civil cases filed in a justice court. They are designed to simplify the practices in justice courts.

“I’m enthusiastic about the changes,” she said. “The legalese has been removed to make it truly the people’s court … and it’s exciting to know you’re a part of that. It will give people a new perspective on how they can utilize the courts.”

Morrow said no matter the technology or the laws in place, she couldn’t operate without her staff, and she appreciates their work ethic and support, describing them as good people, capable and confident.

“This is a service job,” she said, “and I’m so grateful for the confidence and support of the people. It’s been endearing to me. Although it changes, this is something that we’re passing from generation to generation.

“It’s about having fair and balanced and equal justice.”

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