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What is a “certificate of service” in a Texas appeal?

A certificate of service is a signed certification that, at the time of filing, the filing party served a copy of the document on all parties to the appeal. A certificate of service in an appeal requires more information than is required of a certificate of service in a trial court filing. Specifically, the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure require an appellate certificate of service to include (1) the date and manner of service (e.g., that the filing was served via the e-filing portal); (2) the name and address of each person served; and (3) if the person served is a party’s attorney, the name of the party represented by that attorney. See Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.7(a, e).

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