IN THE INTEREST OF C.T., A.T., AND S.T., CHILDREN
From the 74th District Court McLennan County, Texas Trial Court No. 2011-4486-3
Before Chief Justice Gray, Justice Davis, and Justice Scoggins.
TOM GRAY Chief Justice
Dean Thorp attempts to appeal the termination of his parental rights as to C.T., A.T., and S.T. By letter dated November 14, 2013, the Clerk of this Court notified Thorp that his notice of appeal appeared untimely and gave him an opportunity to respond. From the information we received, it appears the trial court's Nunc Pro Tunc Final Order of Termination was rendered on May 28, 2013. An appeal from a judgment terminating parental rights is an accelerated appeal; thus, the notice of appeal was due June 17, 2013. See Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 263.405(a) (West Supp. 20113); Tex.R.App.P. 26.1(b). It was not filed until November 5, 2013. In the November 14, 2013 letter, the Clerk warned Thorp that we would dismiss this appeal unless, within 10 days from the date of the letter, a response was filed showing grounds for continuing the appeal. The only response we received was another notice of appeal which does not show grounds for continuing the appeal.
Accordingly, because Thorp's notice of appeal was very untimely and his response did not provide grounds for continuing the appeal, this appeal is dismissed.
Absent a specific exemption, the Clerk of the Court must collect filing fees at the time a document is presented for filing. Tex.R.App.P. 12.1(b); Appendix to Tex. R. App. P., Order Regarding Fees (Amended Aug. 28, 2007, eff. Sept. 1, 2007). See also Tex. R. App. P. 5; 10th Tex.App. (Waco) Loc. R. 5; Tex. Gov't Code Ann. §§ 51.207(b); 51.208; § 51.941(a) (West 2013). Under these circumstances, we suspend the rule and order the Clerk to write off all unpaid filing fees in this case. ...