Filing a Petition for Review
The Texas Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice and eight Justices. It is the court of last resort for civil matters in the State of Texas. The Court sits in Austin on the northwest portion of the Capitol complex.
Unlike the intermediate court of appeals, a party seeking relief from the Supreme Court must request that the Court hear their case: This is done by filing a Petition for Review. The petition must be filed within 45 days after the appellate court rendered judgment or 45 days after the court of appeals' last ruling on all timely filed motions for rehearing. If the Petition for Review is granted, the Court will request that the parties file briefs on the merits.
Most cases that reach the Texas Supreme Court travel from the trial court to the intermediate court of appeals then to the Court; however, in some instances, a party may have a constitutional or statutory right to file a direct appeal to the Supreme Court.