Sixth Court of Appeals

Chief Justice Josh R. Morriss, III 
Photo of Chief Justice Josh R. Morriss, III

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Prior to becoming Chief Justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeals, Josh Morriss had engaged in a varied legal practice, primarily involving commercial, financial, and real estate practice, as well as significant practice management duties, including technology management. He has served the Court since 2002, having been elected three times to date.

As a judge, Morriss has served as President of the Texas Council of Chief Justices and on the Executive Committee of the nationwide Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal.

Before joining the Court, Morriss served the Texas Association of Bank Counsel as Director, Vice President, and President. When in law school at the University of Texas at Austin, Morriss received the American Jurisprudence Award for the top grade in legal research and writing and served as a member and director of the Legal Research Board, a student organization providing legal research and writing services to practicing attorneys. Prior to law school, he had earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Southern Methodist University in finance and management science.

Between 1986 and 2002, he served as Manager of Central Counting and sometimes Presiding Judge for Bowie County, Texas elections. In 2001, he served on, and as Vice Chair of, the Bowie County Citizens Redistricting Advisory Committee. He has been a Rotarian since 1976, serves on the Board of Main Street Texarkana, and has served his community in various other ways. Since 2011, in their "spare time," Judge and Mrs. Morriss have operated an events center in downtown Texarkana in four historic buildings they renovated.

Believing in the communicating ability of drama, Morriss has, since 1995, portrayed President George Washington in the historically accurate "A Standing Miracle" which he researched and wrote and has been presenting area-wide. He is also one of the founding members of Texarkana Repertory Company, and has served on its Board of Directors and in various officer positions.

Morriss is also a founding member of his church in Texarkana, in which he and his wife have actively participated since its 1983 founding and in which he has served in various leadership capacities, including music and worship.