Welcome to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas
The Fourteenth Court of Appeals was created in 1967. The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and eight (8) justices. It has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from lower courts in ten (10) counties of Texas (see below); in civil cases where judgment rendered exceeds $100, exclusive of costs, and other civil proceedings as provided by law; and in criminal cases except in post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and where the death penalty has been imposed.
Motions to Supplement the Clerk’s Record
August 26, 2015
The proper procedure for a party to supplement the Clerk's Record is by written request to the trial court clerk—no motion or order is needed in the court of appeals. Motions filed in the court of appeals will not be ruled on by the court.
If a party needs to rely on a trial court document that is part of the record below, that is not yet part of the clerk's record on appeal, a party should put a copy of the document in the appendix to their brief, with a notation that the official document has been requested from the clerk.
January 08, 2016
The Fourteenth Court of Appeals is now accepting applications from second- and third-year law students for unpaid judicial internship positions for two sessions during the
summer 2016 The positions may be volunteer or for-credit. Interns may work during one or both sessions..
The Fourteenth Court's intern program provides an opportunity to improve research and writing skills, while also providing a behind-the-scenes view of how an intermediate court of appeals works. Interns research factual and legal issues, review appellate records, perform substantive citation checks, write memoranda of law, discuss those memoranda with the judges and the Court's attorneys, observe the judges' discussions of issues in cases that are submitted, observe oral argument, and observe post-submission resolution of legal issues raised in oral argument.
Students are selected to participate in the Fourteenth Court's program with or without obtaining law-school credit. Students accepted into the program will be required to attend an orientation at the start of each session.
Any legal work, paid or unpaid, that an intern wishes to perform during the internship for anyone other than the Court is subject to a conflicts check and must be approved by the Court.
Appellate Pro Bono Program
October 13, 2014
The State Bar of Texas (SBOT) and the Houston Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section (HBA) sponsors and administers a pro bono program. The goal of the program is to match a litigant with a civil appeal, who is financially unable to obtain legal representation, with a volunteer lawyer who agrees to serve without expectation of compensation for their service. If you believe that your civil appellate matter might qualify for inclusion in the SBOT/HBA pro bono program, details can be found in the following places: (1)
State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Project, and (2) Houston Bar Association website.
June 01, 2014
If you plan to file an Anders brief and supporting motion to withdraw in a criminal case pending before this Court, please take note of the information contained in the Court's
Anders guidelines. As with any brief, compliance with Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 38 is required. See the briefing checklist for a complete list of requirements. These Anders guidelines supplement but do not replace the briefing requirements.