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What is “petition history”? What does “pet. history” mean?

The Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure were amended effective September 1, 1997 to provide for a party to seek Texas Supreme Court review by filing a “petition for review” instead of an “application for writ of error.” For any case in which a petition for review could have been filed (i.e., appeal decided by a court of appeals from roughly July 1997 and thereafter), the history of the case in the Texas Supreme Court is the “petition history,” also known as the “pet. history.” There are fourteen types of petition history: petition denied, petition refused, petition struck, petition dismissed, petition granted and judgment vacated without reference to the merits, petition dismissed by agreement of the parties, petition granted, petition dismissed for want of jurisdiction, petition withdrawn, petition abated, petition filed, petition pending, no petition history, and no petition.

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