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Does Filing a Notice of Appeal Take Away the Trial Court’s Jurisdiction?

Does Filing a Notice of Appeal Take Away the Trial Court’s Jurisdiction – Smith law group

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When the order is interlocutory, there are only a few instances in which all further proceedings are stayed per the statute authorizing the most common interlocutory appeals, Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 51.014(a). These instances include class-certification orders, summary judgments based on official immunity, government pleas to the jurisdiction, and dismissals under the Texas Citizens Participation Act.

When the trial court has signed a final judgment, the court retains plenary power over that judgment for no less than 30 days and as long as 105 days if a motion assailing the judgment is timely filed. While the trial court has plenary power, it can amend, modify, or withdraw the final judgment, even if a notice of appeal has been filed. See Tex. R. Civ. P.  329b(d)-(e).

Don’t like a trial court’s ruling and think you can keep things from getting worse by appealing? Don’t assume you can put the whole case on hold merely by filing a notice of appeal. 

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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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