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.
February 1, 2018, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals will begin destruction of records in civil cases that have been finally disposed for at least six years. See TEX. GOV'T CODE ANN. § 51.204(d). Prior to destruction, records requested by a district or county clerk, in accordance with records retention schedules for records of district and county clerks, may be returned to their respective offices. See TEX. GOV'T CODE ANN. § 51.204(d). Additionally, records of the appellate court determined to be archival state records will be forwarded to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for preservation. Anyone who wishes to suggest that a specific civil case on the attached list should not be destroyed may contact the Clerk of the Court at: Filing14th@courts.state.tx.us. The deadline to contact the Fourteenth Court of Appeals is February 1, 2018. Read more...
Applications are currently being accepted for the Court's internship program. Interested applicants are invited to review the information below before submitting an application. Internships are unpaid, and applications are accepted throughout the year.
Attorneys practicing before 1
st and 14 th Courts now have access to a record portal that will allow attorneys to download the clerk and reporter records from their offices. Read more...
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.
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.