The Court of Criminal Appeals is Texas’ highest court for criminal cases. The Court consists of a Presiding Judge and eight Judges. They are elected by the voters of the entire state, and they hold their offices for terms of six years.
The Court sits in Austin – near the Capitol. From time to time it may sit in other cities to hear cases
Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge. Sharon Keller was first elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994. She was elected Presiding Judge in 2000 and re-elected to that position in 2006. Term expires 2018.
Lawrence “Larry” Meyers, Judge, Place 2. Judge Lawrence Meyers was elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1992, having previously served as an associate justice on the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth from 1989 to 1992. Term expires 2016.
Bert Richardson, Judge, Place 3. Judge Bert Richardson was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for Bexar County and Assistant U. S. Attorney. He was appointed to the 379th District Court of Bexar County in 1999. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and is board certified in Criminal Law.
Kevin Patrick Yeary, Judge, Place 4. Judge Kevin Patrick Yeary was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014. In 1991, he served as briefing attorney at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He has worked as a defense attorney in private practice and as an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas, Harris and Bexar Counties. He is a graduate of the St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Cheryl Johnson, Judge, Place 5. Judge Cheryl Johnson was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on November 3, 1998. Term expires 2016.
Michael E. Keasler, Judge, Place 6. In 1969, he was appointed assistant district attorney for Dallas County, where he served for twelve years. He was a senior felony chief prosecutor in the Career Criminal Division and a veteran of over four hundred jury trials when in 1981 he was appointed judge of the 292nd District Court in Dallas. Term expires 2016.
Barbara Hervey, Judge, Place 7. Judge Barbara Parker Hervey was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in November 2000. Term expires 2018.
Elsa Alcala, Judge, Place 8. In May 2011, Judge Elsa Alcala became a judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’s court of last resort for criminal appeals. She was appointed to the court by Governor Rick Perry and unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate. Term expires 2018.
David Newell, Judge, Place 9. Judge David Newell served as an appellate prosecutor for 16 years, first in Fort Bend County and later in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 2007 until his election to the Court.