On Appeal from the 248th District Court Harris County, Texas Trial Court Cause No. 1259408
The reporter's record has not been filed in this appeal. The court reporter has informed the court that appellant has not paid or made arrangements to pay the reporter's fee to prepare the reporter's record. See Tex. R. App. P. 37.3(c)(2)(A). Appellant asserts he is indigent. This court is unaware whether appellant is entitled to proceed without the payment of costs. See Tex. R. App. P. 37.3(c)(2)(B). Accordingly, we enter the following order. See Tex. R. App. P. 35.3(c).
We ORDER the judge of the 248th District Court to immediately conduct a hearing at which appellant, appellant's counsel, if any, and counsel for the State shall participate, either in person or by video teleconference, to determine whether appellant desires to prosecute his appeal, and, if so, whether appellant is indigent and, thus entitled to a free record and appointed counsel on appeal. The judge may appoint appellate counsel for appellant if necessary. The judge shall see that a record of the hearing is made, shall make findings of fact and conclusions of law, and shall order the trial clerk to forward a record of the hearing and a supplemental clerk's record containing the findings and conclusions. The transcribed record of the hearing, the court's findings and conclusions, and a videotape or compact disc, if any, containing a recording of the video teleconference shall be filed with the clerk of this court on or before January 9, 2014.
The appeal is abated, treated as a closed case, and removed from this court's active docket. The appeal will be reinstated on this courts active docket when the trial court's findings and recommendations are filed in this court. The court will also consider an appropriate motion to reinstate the appeal filed by either party, or the court may reinstate the appeal on its own motion. It is the responsibility of any party seeking reinstatement to request a hearing date from the trial court and to schedule a hearing in compliance with this court's order. ...