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Appellate E-Filing Update

Following up on this post, about 300 Texas lawyers have petitioned the Court of Criminal Appeals to adopt a rule permitting the e-filing of petitions, motions, and other documents in death penalty cases.  (UPDATE:  Per this news report, the CCA has agreed to allow e-mail filingfor emergency motions in death penalty cases and other “extraordinary matters.”)

As mentioned here, the Texas Supreme Court allows parties to e-mail documents in emergency situations, although it doesn’t consider them filed until it receives paper copies.  Change is on the horizon, however, as the state legislature appropriated $2.3 million in the current budget cycle for the State Office of Court Administration to start working on the Texas Appeals Management and E-Filing System.  As with anything government-related, it won’t happen quickly, but it will happen.

(Hat tip to the Tex Parte Blog.)

D. Todd Smith
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D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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