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What Notice Is Required When a Summary-Judgment Hearing Is Re-set?

Posted in Appellate Practice, Courts of Appeals, Motions, Procedure

Texas litigators are generally familiar with the TRCP 166a requirement that a motion for summary judgment be served at least 21 days before the date specified for a hearing. But what notice is required when the hearing does not go forward on the originally noticed date? If the nonmovant received the required 21-day notice before… Continue Reading

Changes Coming to 3rd and 4th Courts of Appeals

Posted in Courts of Appeals, News & Politics, Texas Supreme Court

With some notable exceptions, yesterday was a good day for incumbents running for re-election to the Texas appellate courts. Texas Supreme Court Justices Nathan Hecht and Don Willett retained their seats. Though not an incumbent, former district judge John Devine did not have a major-party opponent and won election easily. On the Court of Criminal… Continue Reading

Statistics I’d Like to See

Posted in Appellate Practice, Court Administration, Courts of Appeals

Like sportswriters and weathercasters, appellate lawyers are constantly asked to make predictions. Just about every potential appellant who who contacts our firm (directly or through their trial counsel) has three basic questions: How much is this going to cost? How long is it going to take? What are my chances of changing the result? Cost… Continue Reading