The GeoTools community is pleased to announce the availability of GeoTools 9.0-beta1 for download from source forge:If you are using Maven this release is deployed to our OSGeo Maven Repository: For more information on setting up your project with Maven see the Quickstart (included in the userguide documentation pack above). 

This is a beta release made in conjunction with the GeoServer 2.3-beta1. This release is contains both new features and important simplifications to the GeoTools API:
As this release contains API changes developers are encouraged to review the upgrade instructions prior to use. 

Release notes for GeoTools 9.0 series:Finally thanks to Jody Garnett and LISAsoft for this release. 
Enjoy, 
The GeoTools Community