Texas Supreme Court advisory

Contact: Kennon L. Peterson, rules attorney
512.463.1353 or click for email

May 6, 2010
COURT ADOPTS NEW RULE
FOR INFORMATION GATHERING
IN FAMILY CODE FILINGS
New Civil Procedure Rule 78a requires signed sheet by party filing pleading

The Texas Supreme Court has promulgated a rule requiring a case-information sheet to be filed in civil cases with an original petition and with certain post-judgment motions under the Texas Family Code.

Rule 78a becomes effective September 1, with any changes made after a comment period that ends August 2.

The rule requires that the sheet be signed by an attorney or a party and provides that the court or court clerk devise appropriate enforcement measures. But it provides that a pleading may not be rejected if the case-information sheet is not submitted with it.

Information from the sheet is for data-gathering purposes and does not affect substantive rights.

Comments on the rule should be submitted to Kennon L. Peterson, the Courtís rules attorney, by email at Kennon.peterson@courts.state.tx.us or by mail to her at the Texas Supreme Court, P.O. Box 12248, Austin, Texas 78711.

Order
Case-Information Sheet
Instructions