9th Administrative Judicial Region
The Honorable Ana Estevez, Presiding Judge
The state is divided into eleven administrative judicial regions. The office of the Ninth Administrative Judicial Region (9th AJR) is located in Amarillo, Texas. The 9th AJR was created by the legislature in 1915 and currently covers forty-five counties (listed below).
Presiding Judge Ana Estevez was originally appointed by the Governor in 2020. The duties of the presiding judge include promulgating and implementing regional rules of administration, advising local judges on judicial management, recommending changes to the Supreme Court for the improvement of judicial administration, and acting for local administrative judges in their absence. The presiding judges also have the authority to assign visiting judges to hold court when necessary to dispose of accumulated business in the region.
- Deaf Smith