Experienced.
Principled.
Committed to the Rule of Law.

Winner of the Texas State Bar Association Judicial Poll with substantially more than double the votes of her opponent.

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    I was honored to appoint Justice Caughey to the First Court of Appeals because of her impressive legal track record and deep commitment to the rule of law.” – Governor Greg Abbott (2017)

    “I was honored to appoint Justice Caughey to the First Court of Appeals because of her impressive legal track record and deep commitment to the rule of law.”
    – Governor Greg Abbott (2017)

    Return Justice Jennifer Caughey to the First Court of Appeals

    Justice Jennifer Caughey is running in 2024 to return to the First Court of Appeals. She and all of her Republican appellate judicial colleagues were swept out in 2018, when all Democrat challengers won their races. There are now 10 Houston-area appellate judicial seats up in 2024, and Jennifer is running for Place 2 on the First Court of Appeals. There is no one better qualified, more experienced, harder working, or more committed to the rule of law than Jennifer Caughey.

    Q&A

    What Do You Bring To The Bench?

    Experience, hard work, and commitment to the Constitution and rule of law. While serving on the First Court of Appeals, I authored 125+ opinions (and contributed to many more), each of which is true to my commitments to give every case time and respect and to faithfully apply the law as written. My prior experience on the bench, rigorous law firm practice, judicial clerkships, and educational training prepared me well for this role.

    What Is Your Judicial Philosophy?

    I am a textualist who believes that the Legislature makes the law, and it is our duty to apply the law as it is written. I also believe that judges must devote time and hard work to every case; every case is worthy of our respect and full attention. Fundamentally, we must preserve and protect the Constitutions of Texas and the United States, and we must ensure the law is faithfully applied in every case.

    What Type Of Cases Do You Decide?

    The First Court of Appeals decides appeals in civil, criminal, family, and probate cases. That means our cases affect homes, contracts, jobs, crime, and so much more. These courts, which cover ten counties, are the final determinant in 90% of cases. Our docket is broad and requires hard-working, experienced judges who follow the law.
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