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Appeal Deadlines are not Delayed During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Texas Governor declared a state of disaster in all 254 counties in the state due to the threat of COVID-19, and many of the courthouses have ceased operations. It is important to note, however, that the appellate courts have continued to operate as usual and deadlines have not been extended. The Supreme Court of Texas has ordered that appellate deadlines remain the same, and if a party desires to extend a deadline, they must request that relief in accordance with the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. According to the Eighth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster issued on April 1, 2020, this includes deadlines for perfecting appeal and other appellate proceedings. In other words, the deadline to file notice of appeal from a trial have not been relaxed as a result of the pandemic. Furthermore, deadlines for filing briefs remain in place as well. Thankfully, the Texas Supreme Court instructed appellate courts to “generously” grant relief for extensions, although it is important that the party properly requests that relief.

If you are concerned about an upcoming appellate deadline, contact our firm today for a consultation.

Client Reviews
“Susan has worked tirelessly for years filing appeals on my behalf. Finally her efforts and persistence has paid off. After serving 11 and 1/2 years, I was released from Federal Prison and have been able to return to my family and help once again with raising my children [now age 16]. My family and I owe a debt of gratitude which we will never be able to repay. The love we feel for Susan is immeasurable.” Joe R.
“Our case was complicated and time critical. Susan took charge of the entire process, keeping us updated with texts, phone calls and emails. She worked through a Holiday weekend to make certain our case got the attention and success required to bring our loved one home. It is also very important to know that she has sophisticated research tools, which are IMPERATIVE when you have to navigate through the Appeals process.” Jack H.
“Susan is a thoroughly dedicated professional that has a unique empathy for cases that reveal the misapplication of justice that so often affects those with limited resources. Through her tireless efforts, one of my best friends had six years reduced from his sentence. The family and I will be forever grateful to Susan.” James P.
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