Judge of the Circuit Court
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Carol E.


Occupation: Circuit Court Judge

Occupational Background: Circuit Court Judge; Attorney; Executive Director, Yamhill County Defenders, Inc.; Law Clerk, Bonneville Power Administration

Educational Background: Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College; Southern Oregon University; Sunset High School

Prior Governmental Experience: Circuit Court Judge; Judge Pro-Tempore; Local Public Safety Coordinating Council

Judge Carol Jones is:

An active member of the legal community:
19 years civil, criminal and family law practice in Oregon trial and appeals courts;
Past President, Yamhill County Bar Association 2001-2003; Board member since 1999;
Oregon State Bar House of Delegates 2001-2003;
Past Executive Director, Yamhill County Defenders, Inc. 1999-2004, elected by local bar members;
Steering Committee, Yamhill County Court Coordinated Resources;
Court Security Committee.

Devoted to serving the community:
Local Public Safety Coordinating Council since 1999;
Board Chair, Family Crisis Shelter & Services for Yamhill County (Henderson House) 2001-2004; Board member since 1999;
Volunteer, Camp Fire Boys & Girls for 8 years.

Judge Carol Jones:

Has earned the respect of judges and colleagues:
Appointed to the bench by Oregon's governor after extensive screening and consulting, she has a solid reputation for her strong work ethic, legal expertise, integrity and professional demeanor. She successfully worked with the other judges, court staff, District Attorney and local attorneys to improve efficiency in criminal cases, and volunteered as Judge Pro-Tempore to relieve case backlog.

Will be fair and effective:
As a judge, she believes in effective sentencing that works, to protect the community and ensure offender reformation. She will work to relieve crowded dockets. She will give everyone a full and fair opportunity to be heard, consider others who are impacted, particularly crime victims and children caught up in legal disputes, and render clear, well-reasoned, and judicially sound decisions.

Judge Jones believes that courts belong to the people, and will continue to work for better access to justice for all.

(This information furnished by Committee To Retain Judge Carol E. Jones.)