I am honored to serve the 24 counties covered by Texas' Third Court of Appeals. As the intermediate step between our trial courts and the Texas Supreme Court/Court of Criminal Appeals, The Third Court of Appeals plays a vital role and touches the lives of many Central Texans through an amazing breadth of issues.
My professional, family, and community experiences provide a solid foundation for my service on the Third Court. As a State District Judge in Travis County, I presided over a broad range of civil matters and developed a reputation as hard-working, fair, willing to listen, knowledgable of the law, and decisive on the matters before the Court. As a partner in a large Texas law firm, and then as Texas' Deputy Attorney General under Greg Abbott, I tried a host of significant lawsuits and earned Board Certification in Civil Trial Law. As a father of three, I've learned that patience is vital, the right decision may not always be the easy one, and consistency is a must. Through my involvement in the community, I know how important many of the issues that come before the Court can be to the people involved and the community as a whole.
One of the best pieces of advice I've received since becoming a judge: "The position is important — you are not." Getting it right on the Court is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I promise to work hard and make decisions based on the law, without regard to politics, personal views, or concern over potential criticism of my decisions.
Thanks so much to all of you who have expressed encouragement and enthusiasm for our work at the Court!
Jeff Rose, Justice
Third Court of Appeals
About the Third Court of Appeals
—From the Court's Website—
Texas' Third Court of Appeals is located in Austin on the Texas capitol grounds. The Court's six judges, called "justices," review the opinions of the civil and criminal trial judges in Travis and 23 other surrounding counties. The Court is considered by many to be the most important state court of appeals because of its location in Austin and the fact that it handles appeals of cases involving the actions of state agencies and government officials. Visit the Court's website.
The Court serves the following 24 Texas counties: