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* 1. If your life savings were invested in a case in front of a judge at your local housing court, how confident would you feel about the court's procedures? (The case can be from either perspective: as tenant or property owner; e.g., for back rent/taxes, mortgage, property damage, etc.).

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* 2. In your opinion, how believable are outcomes of cases at your local housing or landlord/tenant court, in terms of how well the evidence supports the court's ruling(s)? In other words, how honest do you find this court's treatment of citizens?

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* 3. What is the county & state (or country) of the local housing court that you have in mind?  (Type "N/A" if you do not want to disclose.)

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* 4. "Indemnification" is when officials are defended with tax dollars and government lawyers. Would you approve local laws being passed in your area that restrict county or state attorneys from defending housing court judges or officials who are accused of violating the civil rights of citizens?  (Citizens can be tenants or landlords.)

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* 5. If your state were to reduce annual salaries for court staff (including pensions) by a certain percentage, what % reduction would seem reasonable? Note: Court staff includes judges, clerks, administrators, transcribers. security, etc.

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* 6. Briefly, what is an important change you would recommend for the tax-funded operation of the local housing court that you have in mind? This can include policy, funding, or staffing recommendations (e.g., establish civil complaint board; open judicial discipline records, cameras in courthouses, etc).

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* 7. How effective do you think it would be toward improving housing court operations if state attorneys were mandated by law to refer to judicial disciplinary committees all judges accused of violating the rights of citizens, whenever there is a court record evidencing judicial misconduct?

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* 8. We would like to know whether you associate the following characteristics with each bureaucrat or influencer within your local court. Please consider each official's title one at a time, and move horizontally across the columns. Select all characteristics that apply to each official.  (You can check more than one option for each row.)

  Honest/Trustworthy Fair Efficient Processing Maintains Confidentiality Worth Tax Payer Value Knowledgeable about Rights Transparent None of above
Local Housing Court (Overall)
Legal Aid / Pro Bono Svc.
Office of Court Admin.
Local Media cover of Hsg Court
Chief Admin Officer/Judge at Hsg Court
Clerk of Hsg Court
Judicial Review Board/Commission

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* 9. Is there a local housing court officer or other housing official in your area whose conduct you think the public should know more about because their actions are questionable?  In other words, which local position in your area needs the most review? (i.e. city tax assessor; local clerk office; judges; local news to increase reporting; etc.)

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* 10. Do you have experience as a litigant in housing court yourself?

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