Have you had a Texas
issue that seemed to have no specific or rational answer? Does some
provision in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure seem to be unworkable in
your practice area? Do you believe that some rules should have been
revised 50 years ago? Do you all too often find yourself walking out of
the courtroom muttering “There ought to be a rule about
If you answer “Yes!” to any of the above, then the State Bar of Texas Rules Committee needs to hear from you. This State Bar committee is comprised of lawyers and judges from across the state. It proposes changes in rules and statues concerning civil procedure to the Texas Supreme Court and the state legislature. In the past several years it has proposed the use of unsworn declarations, a complete revision of the rules for justice courts, the revision of the special appearance rule, changes in the discovery rules, revisions to the jury shuffle, and various other potential changes. Some have been adopted, others have not.
The committee invites input from you, the practicing attorney in the trenches. The committee’s membership is experienced and has varied perspectives on every rule. However, the committee wants more input about rules changes that would benefit both practitioners and the courts.
If you have comments or suggestions, please contact your local committee member or the committee chair or vice chair:
Joseph David Hughes
Texas Attorney General
PO Box 12548, MC 059
Austin, TX 78711
Carlos Ramon Soltero
McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP
600 Congress Ave., STE 2100
Austin, TX 78701
We look forward to hearing from you.