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Judge Gil Jones, Credentialed Advanced Mediator (TMCA1) & Retired District Judge

After 16 wonderful years serving the people of the 33rd Judicial District of Texas, I left the active bench on December 31, 2012. In January a new career began, one of dispute resolutionThanks for a good 2014. Read more ... » through mediationThanks for a good 2014. Read more ... » and arbitrationThanks for a good 2014. Read more ... » combined with continuing to sit as an assigned (“visiting”) judge when asked.

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Although my prior law practice and judicial tenure qualified me legally to conduct mediations, I recognized that mediation requires a different skill set than that of a trial court judge. Therefore, I have completed both the basic and advanced family mediation certification courses. I am Credentialed by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association as an Advanced Mediator and adhere to its Code of Ethics. You can see what others are saying about my services on the reviews page.

Mediations are usually conducted at my new mediation suite at 1307 Second Street, Suite D, Marble Falls. (directions and maps)

It is my hope that this site will aid the process of dispute resolution in Texas through interesting articles, comments from astute readers and links to some of the excellent blogs by other mediators.

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Recent Posts

Buckling up — another reason

Previously, evidence of a plaintiff’s failure to buckle up could not be used as evidence of contributory evidence. Now it can. Potentially a big deal. There is an excellent analysis on the Carrington Carroll blog:

Under the Texas Supreme Court’s decisions in Kerby v. ACC and Carnation Co. v. Wong, evidence of a plaintiff’s failure to fasten his or her seat belt has been inadmissible in Texas personal injury cases for more than 40 years. A unanimous Supreme Court has now overruled Kerby and Carnation, holding that “relevant evidence of use or nonuse of seat belts, and relevant evidence of a plaintiff’s pre-occurrence, injury-causing conduct generally, is admissible for the purpose of apportioning responsibility under [Texas’s current] proportionate-responsibility statute, provided that the plaintiff’s conduct caused or was a cause of his damages.”

via Sua Sponte – A Dallas Appellate Blog by Carrington Coleman: UNANIMOUS TEXAS SUPREME COURT BUCKLES DOWN ON BUCKLING UP.

Discussing Nabors Well Services, Ltd. v. Romero
Supreme Court of Texas, No. 13-0136 (February 13, 2015)

(on Lexis: Nabors Well Servs. v. Romero, 2015 Tex. LEXIS 142 (Tex. Feb. 13, 2015))

(on Justia http://law.justia.com/cases/texas/eighth-court-of-appeals/2013/08-09-00319-cv.html)

Also discussed in the SCOTXBLOG which tracks articles about the case.

References

Carroll, K. (2015, February). Sua Sponte – A Dallas Appellate Blog by Carrington Coleman: UNANIMOUS TEXAS SUPREME COURT BUCKLES DOWN ON BUCKLING UP [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.dallasappellateblog.com/2015/02/unanimous-texas-supreme-court-buckles.html

Cruse, D. (2015, February). Nabors Well Services, Ltd. F/K/A Pool Company Texas, Ltd. And Lauro Bernal Garcia v. Asuncion Romero…, 13-0136 – Supreme Court of Texas Blog [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://data.scotxblog.com/scotx/no/13-0136

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