First Court of Appeals

Terms of Court 

From 1892 to 1926, the term of court for the intermediate appellate courts began on the first Monday in October and ended on the first Monday in July of the succeeding year.1

Terms of Court, 1892 to 1926
TermBegin DateEnd Date
1st October 3, 1892 July 3, 1893
2nd October 2, 1893 July 2, 1894
3rd October 1, 1894 July 1, 1895
4th October 7, 1895 July 6, 1896
5th October 5, 1896 July 5, 1897
6th October 4, 1897 July 4, 1898
7th October 3, 1898 July 3, 1899
8th October 2, 1899 July 2, 1900
9th October 1, 1900 July 1, 1901
10th October 7, 1901 July 7, 1902
11th October 6, 1902 July 6, 1903
12th October 5, 1903 July 4, 1904
13th October 3, 1904 July 3, 1905
14th October 2, 1905 July 2, 1906
15th October 1, 1906 July 1, 1907
16th October 7, 1907 July 6, 1908
17th October 5, 1908 July 5, 1909
18th October 4, 1909 July 4, 1910
19th October 3, 1910 July 3, 1911
20th October 2, 1911 July 1, 1912
21st October 7, 1912 July 7, 1913
22nd October 6, 1913 July 6, 1914
23rd October 5, 1914 July 5, 1915
24th October 4, 1915 July 3, 1916
25th October 2, 1916 July 2, 1917
26th October 1, 1917 July 1, 1918
27th October 7, 1918 July 7, 1919
28th October 6, 1919 July 5, 1920
29th October 4, 1920 July 4, 1921
30th October 3, 1921 July 3, 1922
31st October 2, 1922 July 2, 1923
32nd October 1, 1923 July 7, 1924
33rd October 6, 1924 July 6, 1925
34th October 5, 1925 July 5, 1926

Beginning in 1927, the legislature established a continuous term of court, in which the term of court commenced on the first Monday in October and ended on the first Monday in October of the next year.2

Terms of Court, 1927 to 1980
TermBegin DateEnd Date
35th October 4, 1926 October 2, 1927
36th October 3, 1927 September 30, 1928
37th October 1, 1928 October 6, 1929
38th October 7, 1929 October 5, 1930
39th October 6, 1930 October 4, 1931
40th October 5, 1931 October 2, 1932
41st October 3, 1932 October 1, 1933
42nd October 2, 1933 September 30, 1934
43rd October 1, 1934 October 6, 1935
44th October 7, 1935 October 4, 1936
45th October 5, 1936 October 3, 1937
46th October 4, 1937 October 2, 1938
47th October 3, 1938 October 1, 1939
48th October 2, 1939 October 6, 1940
49th October 7, 1940 October 5, 1941
50th October 6, 1941 October 4, 1942
51st October 5, 1942 October 3, 1943
52nd October 4, 1943 October 1, 1944
53rd October 2, 1944 September 30, 1945
54th October 1, 1945 October 6, 1946
55th October 7, 1946 October 5, 1947
56th October 6, 1947 October 3, 1948
57th October 4, 1948 October 2, 1949
58th October 3, 1949 October 1, 1950
59th October 2, 1950 September 30, 1951
60th October 1, 1951 October 5, 1952
61st October 6, 1952 October 4, 1953
62nd October 5, 1953 October 3, 1954
63rd October 4, 1954 October 2, 1955
64th October 3, 1955 September 30, 1956
65th October 1, 1956 October 6, 1957
66th October 7, 1957 October 5, 1958
67th October 6, 1958 October 4, 1959
68th October 5, 1959 October 2, 1960
69th October 3, 1960 October 1, 1961
70th October 2, 1961 September 30, 1962
71st October 1, 1962 October 6, 1963
72nd October 7, 1963 October 4, 1964
73rd October 5, 1964 October 3, 1965
74th October 4, 1965 October 2, 1966
75th October 3, 1966 October 1, 1967
76th October 2, 1967 October 6, 1968
77th October 7, 1968 October 5, 1969
78th October 6, 1969 October 4, 1970
79th October 5, 1970 October 3, 1971
80th October 4, 1971 October 1, 1972
81st October 2, 1972 September 30, 1973
82nd October 1, 1973 October 6, 1974
83rd October 7, 1974 October 5, 1975
84th October 6, 1975 October 3, 1976
85th October 4, 1976 October 2, 1977
86th October 3, 1977 October 1, 1978
87th October 2, 1978 September 30, 1979
88th October 1, 1979 October 5, 1980

Beginning in 1981, the legislature changed the term of court to the calendar year.3

Terms of Court, 1981 to Present
TermBegin DateEnd Date
89th October 6, 1980 December 31, 1981
90th January 1, 1982 December 31, 1982
91st January 1, 1983 December 31, 1983
92nd January 1, 1984 December 31, 1984
93rd January 1, 1985 December 31, 1985
94th January 1, 1986 December 31, 1986
95th January 1, 1987 December 31, 1987
96th January 1, 1988 December 31, 1988
97th January 1, 1989 December 31, 1989
98th January 1, 1990 December 31, 1990
99th January 1, 1991 December 31, 1991
100th January 1, 1992 December 31, 1992
101st January 1, 1993 December 31, 1993
102nd January 1, 1994 December 31, 1994
103rd January 1, 1995 December 31, 1995
104th January 1, 1996 December 31, 1996
105th January 1, 1997 December 31, 1997
106th January 1, 1998 December 31, 1998
107th January 1, 1999 December 31, 1999
108th January 1, 2000 December 31, 2000
109th January 1, 2001 December 31, 2001
110th January 1, 2002 December 31, 2002
111th January 1, 2003 December 31, 2003
112th January 1, 2004 December 31, 2004
113th January 1, 2005 December 31, 2005
114th January 1, 2006 December 31, 2006
115th January 1, 2007 December 31, 2007
116th January 1, 2008 December 31, 2008
117th January 1, 2009 December 31, 2009
118th January 1, 2010 December 31, 2010
119th January 1, 2011 December 31, 2011
120th January 1, 2012 December 31, 2012

Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 19.4 provides that the expiration of the appellate court's term does not affect the court's plenary power or its jurisdiction over a case that is pending when the court's term expires.


1 Act approved Apr. 13, 1892, 22d Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 18, § 8, 1892 Tex. Gen. Laws 45,46, reprinted in 10 H.P.N. Gammel, The Laws of Texas 1822–1897, at 409, 410 (Austin, Gammel Book Co. 1898), repealed and codified by Revised Statutes, 24th Leg., R.S., § 1, art. 991, § 4, 1895 Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. lxiv, 233 (codification), 1103 (repealer) (former 1895 Revised Statutes article 991), amended by Act approved Apr. 28, 1897, 25th Leg., R.S., ch. 102, § 1, 1897 Tex. Gen. Laws 132,132, reprinted in 10 H.P.N. Gammel, The Laws of Texas 1822–1897, at 1186, 1186 (Austin, Gammel Book Co. 1898) (no change), repealed and codified by Revised Statutes, 32d Leg., R.S., § 1, art. 1585, § 4, 1911 Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. 2, 364 (codification), 1719 (repealer) (former 1911 Revised Statutes article 1585), repealed and codified by Revised Statutes, 39th Leg., R.S., § 1, art. 1816, § 4, 1925 Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. 2, 511 (codification), 2419 (repealer) (former 1925 Revised Statutes article 1816).

2 Act approved Mar. 11, 1927, 40th Leg., R.S., ch. 79, § 1, 1927 Tex. Gen. Laws 120, 120, amended by Act approved June 7, 1927, 40th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 50, § 1, 1927 Tex. Gen. Laws 147, 147.

3 Act of June 1, 1981, 67th Leg., R.S., ch. 291, § 34, 1981 Tex. Gen. Laws 761, 779, repealed and codified by Act of May 17, 1985, 69th Leg., R.S., ch. 480, § 1, sec. 22.218, § 26(1), 1985 Tex. Gen. Laws 1720, 1729 (codification), 2048 (repealer) (currently Government Code section 22.218).