Ninth Court of Appeals
The Ninth Court of Appeals serves the Beaumont, Texas area. The Court was created by the legislature in 1915 and currently has jurisdiction over cases in ten counties. The justices on the Court are Chief Justice Steve McKeithen, Justice Charles Kreger, Justice Hollis Horton and Justice Leanne Johnson.
The Legislature has divided the State into fourteen courts of appeals districts. Each court has at least three justices — a chief justice and two justices. There are now eighty justices serving on the fourteen courts of appeals. Effective January 1, 2005, the 78th Legislature increased the number of justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals from three to four.