The Supreme Court refers cases to the Program when it requests full briefing on the merits and there is at least one party who is proceeding pro se because of his or her financial circumstances. Parties represented by counsel at the petition stage may also request the Appellate Section's Pro Bono Committee to be included in the Program if Court requests merits briefing as well. A full explanation of the proposed Program is available in the attached Proposal that was adopted by the Supreme Court.
The Guide to Practice Before the Supreme Court of Texas may help you navigate through the appellate process in the Supreme Court of Texas. Of course, you should always consult the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, and we have a number of appellate resource links in left side menu bar under 'Appellate Research Links'.
The Appellate Section has also prepared Instructions and Templates for Preparing a Petition for Review in the Supreme Court of Texas. These instructions may be used to help you complete an electronic template for a petition for review that can be filled out using Microsoft Word or an electronic template that can be filled out using Adobe Acrobat. Or you can print the handwritten template and use it as a guide for completing a petition for review."
The following forms may also assist you in taking a case to the Texas Supreme Court: