S. P.v.Tex. Dep't of Family & Protective Servs.

TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTINSep 24, 2018
NO. 03-18-00542-CV (Tex. App. Sep. 24, 2018)

NO. 03-18-00542-CV

09-24-2018

S. P., Appellant v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Appellee


FROM THE 27TH DISTRICT COURT OF LAMPASAS COUNTY
NO. 20698
, THE HONORABLE CHERYLL MABRAY, JUDGE PRESIDING ORDER PER CURIAM

Appellant S.P. filed her notice of appeal on August 8, 2018. The appellate record was complete on August 28, 2018, making appellant's brief due September 17, 2018. On September 5, 2018, appellant filed a motion to abate the appeal, informing the Court that the notice of appeal had been filed from an interlocutory order and that the final hearing in the trial court was set for September 10, 2018. On September 14, 2018, a supplemental clerk's record containing the final order was filed.

We dismiss as moot appellant's motion to abate the appeal. To date, neither appellant's brief nor a motion for extension of time has been filed. The rules of judicial administration accelerate the final disposition of appeals from suits for termination of parental rights. See Tex. R. Jud. Admin. 6.2(a) (providing 180 days for court's final disposition). The accelerated schedule constrains this Court's leeway in granting extensions. Therefore, we order counsel to file appellant's brief no later than October 15, 2018. If the brief is not filed by that date, counsel may be required to show cause why he should not be held in contempt of court.

It is ordered on September 24, 2018. Before Justices Puryear, Goodwin, and Bourland