About Texas Courts

Courts of Appeals 

The 14 courts of appeals have intermediate appellate jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases appealed from district or county courts. Each court of appeals has jurisdiction in a specific geographical region of the state.

Each court is presided over by a chief justice and has at least two other justices. The specific number of justices on each court is set by statute and ranges from three to 13. Presently there are 80 justices authorized for these courts.

Appeals in the courts of appeals are usually heard by a panel of three justices, unless an en banc hearing is ordered in a particular case, in which instance all the justices of a court hear and consider the case.

List of counties served by each court of appeals

You can visit the web sites of all 14 courts of appeals, via Courts in the main menu.

For further information on court structure, jurisdiction, judge qualifications, contact information, and maps, see About Texas Courts.