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2014 Election Results, Texas Appellate Edition

Posted in Courts of Appeals, Criminal Appeals, Texas Supreme Court

Republicans continued their dominance of statewide judicial races in yesterday’s election, with Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Justices Jeff Brown, Jeff Boyd, and Phil Johnson winning new six-year terms on the Texas Supreme Court. In the Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge Bert Richardson, Kevin Patrick Yeary, and David Newell all prevailed by wide margins. Two sitting… Continue Reading

Texas Appellate Courts Get a Major Website Upgrade

Posted in Court Administration, Courts of Appeals, Technology, Texas Supreme Court, Trial Courts

If you’ve received CaseMail updates this week, you’ve likely noticed something new when clicking on the link embedded in your notification emails. Last Friday, the Texas appellate courts got a major online upgrade with the launch of the new and improved txcourts.gov site. The new site is very user-friendly and much more pleasing to the eye than the… Continue Reading

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