Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Judicial Council, Texas

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General Information

205 West 14th Street, Suite 600P.O. Box 12066Austin, TX 78711


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Chair - Chief Justice, Supreme Court The Honorable Nathan L. Hecht
Vice Chair - Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals The Honorable Sharon Keller

Legislative Members

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Senator Sen. Judith Zaffirini
Senator Sen. Brandon Creighton
Representative Rep. Andrew Murr
Representative Rep. John T. Smithee

Judicial Members

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Presiding Judge, Ransom Canyon Municipal Court The Honorable Gary Bellair
Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Houston The Honorable Bill J. Boyce
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 Willliamson County The Honorable Bill Gravell, Jr.
Judge, 53rd Judicial Civil District Court Travis County The Honorable Scott Jenkins
Judge 121st Judicial District, Terry & Yoakum The Honorable Kelly G. Moore
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2, Dallas County Valencia Nash
Chief Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Houston The Honorable Sherry Radack
Judge (Ret.), Probate Court #1, Bexar County The Honorable Polly Spencer
Presiding Municipal Court Judge, College Station The Honorable Edward J. Spillane III
Judge, Medina County Court at Law The Honorable Vivian Torres

Citizen Members

Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Information Services Group, Inc. Carlos Amaral
Virtual Intelligence Providers LLC Sonia Clayton
Lewis & Bockius LLP Allyson Ho
Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP Ashley Johnson
Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel LLP Kenneth S. Saks
Baker Botts Evan Young


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director, Office of Court Administration David Slayton (512) 463-1625


The Texas Judicial Council (TJC) is the policy-making body for the state judiciary. The Council was created in 1929 by the 41st Legislature to continuously study and report on the organization and practices of the Texas judicial system.

The Council studies methods to simplify judicial procedures, expedite court business, and better administer justice. It examines the work accomplished by the courts and submits recommendations for improvement of the system to the Legislature, the Governor and the Supreme Court. The Council receives and considers input from judges, public officials, members of the bar, and citizens.