Court of Appeals of Texas, Thirteenth District, Corpus Christi-Edinburg
On appeal from the 148th District Court of Nueces County, Texas.
Before Chief Justice Valdez and Justices Benavides and Longoria
ORDER OF ABATEMENT
This cause is before the Court because the court reporter, Sandra Chavez, has failed to timely file the reporter's record. The reporter's record in this cause was originally due to be filed on May 20, 2013. The reporter has previously requested and received three prior extensions of time to file the record, granting the reporter until December 6, 2013 to file the record. To date, Ms. Chavez has not filed the reporter's record.
This sequence of events requires us to effectuate our responsibility to avoid further delay and to preserve the parties' rights. See Tex. R. App. P. 37.3(a)(1). Accordingly, this appeal is ABATED and the cause REMANDED to the trial court.
Upon remand, the judge of the trial court shall immediately cause notice to be given and conduct a hearing to determine whether appellant has abandoned his appeal. If it is determined that appellant has not abandoned his appeal, the court shall further determine if appellant's attorney of record continues to represent appellant and will diligently pursue this appeal.
The court shall further determine if the reporter's record, or any part thereof, has been lost or destroyed, and shall make appropriate findings under Tex.R.App.P. 34.6(f), if necessary. Otherwise, the court shall determine what steps are necessary to ensure the prompt preparation of a reporter's record, and shall enter any orders required to avoid further delay and to preserve the parties' rights.
The trial court shall prepare and file its findings and orders and cause them to be included in a supplemental clerk's record which should be submitted to the Clerk of this Court ...