Court Operating Remotely. In accordance with the disaster proclamations issued by Governor Abbott, the emergency orders issued by the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the disaster orders issued by local governmental entities in our 10 county region, and in order to ensure the safety of the public and our staff, the First Court of Appeals has modified its operations so that the majority of its staff will be operating remotely until further notice.
Other than working remotely, the First Court of Appeals remains fully operational.
E-FILERS: The First Court of Appeals is accepting e-filings via www.efiletexas.gov and Electronic Records are being accepted via the Records Submission Portal.
PRO SE FILERS: Please mail your filing to:
First Court of Appeals
Houston, TX 77002
Pro Se filers may also utilize the filing drop box outside the 1910 Courthouse under the Fannin Street Side Stairs.
In order to contact the Clerk's office with any questions regarding filings, emergency mandamuses, or emergency motions, please continue to call the main number (713)-274-2700. We will respond to all inquiries as soon as possible.
Despite the disruptions caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), this court continues to operate and remains open during regular business hours (8:00–5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday). All parties are expected to continue to comply with applicable laws, rules and deadlines. Please note the following special circumstances:
Extensions: The Supreme Court of Texas has authorized courts to modify or suspend certain deadlines and procedures in response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. (See link in Alert above for Supreme Court/Court of Criminal Appeals Emergency Order.) At present, all deadlines established by statute, the Texas rules of court, and this court’s prior notices and orders remain in effect. These deadlines will not be extended automatically; those seeking extension must file an appropriate motion for extension. Such a motion must still conform to the requirements of Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 10, including a statement of “the facts relied on to reasonably explain the need for an extension.”