David Yates Feb. 21, 2014, 6:10pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The Texas Civil Justice League recently released a video of U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, discussing the importance of electing qualified judges in Texas.

The video is the latest effort of TCJL's statewide advocacy campaign to increase voter participation in judicial races, according to a Feb. 20 press release.

As previously reported, the organization, which advocates for a fair and balanced judicial system in Texas, launched the voter education effort last this month.

In the video, Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court justice, says it's important judges uphold the state and nation's founding documents.

"In my opinion Texans are well served by judges who apply the law as it is written and not try to legislate from the bench, regardless their personal views," Cornyn said. "That was my guiding philosophy while I was on the bench."

Cornyn also briefly talked about how the decisions judges make impact the economy, saying, "What happens in Texas courts reverberates all the way down to individual consumers."

The senator ended the discussion by telling viewers to go online and research the candidates so "folks can make and informed decision."

TCJL's campaign initially focuses on the upcoming March primaries and will include efforts to educate Texans about the importance of judicial races in addition to providing information about the various candidates who are running.

Founded in 1986, TCJL, an Austin-based group, is the oldest and largest state legal reform organization in the nation.

From Legal Newsline: Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com.

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