Texas Supreme Court approves final e-filing rules

The Supreme Court of Texas announced Friday that it has issued final rules for electronically filed civil court documents, effective Jan. 1.

A Texas Court of Criminal Appeals order also includes changes to appellate rules governing criminal cases. The rules supersede all other local civil rules governing electronic document filing in Texas courts, according to the court. Under the rules, court filings by attorneys in Texas civil cases will be mandatory.

The court also approved technology standards established by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology.

Read the e-filing rules here.

Read the technology standards here.

Texas Tech School of Law to Host Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

On Wednesday morning, Texas Tech University School of Law will welcome the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to campus. The presiding judge, along with eight judges, will hear oral arguments in two cases in front of students and the public.

"This visit from the Court of Criminal Appeals is an excellent opportunity for our law students to witness consequential deliberation firsthand," said Kari Abitbol, assistant director of communications for Texas Tech Law. "We're grateful to the court for paying a visit and showcasing the caliber of Texas Tech Law to the greater community."

The hearings will take place in the Donald M. Hunt Courtroom, School of Law, 1802 Harford Ave., beginning at 9 a.m.