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What is “writ history”?

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 an application for writ of error could have been filed (i.e., appeal decided by a court of appeals until roughly August 1997), the history of the case in the Texas Supreme Court is the “writ history.” Examples of writ history are “no writ” or “writ denied.”

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