Municipal judge says experience will translate to district court
July 17, 2012 at 2:17 a.m.
Kevin Kolb says experience is the difference in the 25th Judicial District judge's Republican runoff election on July 31.
Citing more than 12 years of trial experience - eight as a prosecutor and four as a municipal judge in Seguin - Kolb said he has presided over more than 250 misdemeanor criminal trials and 20 criminal misdemeanor jury trials.
"Before becoming a prosecutor and then judge, I practiced criminal defense law for six years, handling both felonies and misdemeanors for my clients," Kolb said.
In addition, Kolb said, his nearly two decades of civil law experience will also serve him well on the district court bench.
He notes his work in family and divorce litigation, forensic accounting, property tax issues, federal tax issues and probate litigation.
Kolb is also a certified public accountant and has an advanced law degree in state and federal taxation.
"Having a judge who fully understands not only civil and criminal law but also audit, tax and accounting issues is so very important because there is so much business and family law litigation in our court system," Kolb said.
Kolb, who began his career as a 19-year-old licensed Realtor while working his way through the University of Texas at Austin, thinks being a municipal court judge has prepared him well for the district court bench.
"Judges in a district court and a municipal court both need knowledge of civil and criminal law. We must know how to conduct a courtroom using the rules of criminal and civil procedure and the rules of criminal evidence," he said.
Kolb also noted a judge must handle daily administrative duties, including budgeting and docketing and know and understand individual Constitutional rights.
Kolb emphasized that he has adhered to campaign ethics during the election.
"I have not solicited nor will I accept the public endorsement of any law enforcement official or criminal prosecutor (elected or appointed) nor any state legislator, public official or celebrity," he said.
Kolb also vowed to end the practice of attorneys or other parties selecting the judge they want to appear before.
"I pledge to eliminate the common practice of 'judge shopping' in the 25th Judicial District," he said.
"Integrity and transparency of the office of district judge will be upheld under my watch."