The Honorable Chari Kelly (D)

Last modified on: 12-27-2023 15:28:10

(Third Appellate District)

Entered Office: 01-01-2019 Term Ends: 12-31-2030 District: 3

General Information

Personal Information

B.A., University of Florida, 1999; J.D.-University of Texas School of Law, 2002

Justice Chari L. Kelly is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) and the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) in Criminal Law. She has served as both a defense attorney and a prosecutor and is also a seasoned civil litigator.

Justice Kelly is a U.S. Army Veteran and former paratrooper. She was a captain in the Judge Advocate Generalís Corps at Fort Hood, and was certified by the United States Naval Justice School to defend death penalty cases.

Before her election to the Third Court, Justice Kelly served as an Assistant District Attorney for both Comal and Travis Counties, handling all aspects of felony criminal prosecutions. As a prosecutor, she tried more than 35 jury trials, including aggravated sexual assault of a child, attempted capital murder, and kidnapping. In 2018, Justice Kelly was named the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Prosecutor of the Year for Travis County.

Office Information

Place 3

Contact and Phone Numbers

Third Appellate District
P.O. Box 12547
Austin, TX 78711-2547
(512) 463-1733
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