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 W. Scott Golemon, Justice Hollis Horton, Justice Leanne Johnson, and Justice Jay Wright.
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.