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Rule 363. Appeal or Writ of Error Perfected


The appeal is perfected when the notice of appeal is given. The writ of error is perfected when the petition and bond (when bond is required) or affidavit in lieu thereof is filed or, if contested, when the contest is overruled.

Source: Art. 2267 with minor textual changes.

Change: Notice of appeal perfects the appeal, without reference to the bond for costs.

Oct. 29, 1940, eff. Sept. 1, 1941.


March 31, 1941, eff. Sept. 1, 1941

July 22, 1975, eff. Jan. 1, 1976

June 10, 1980, eff. Jan. 1, 1981

Repealed by order of April 10, 1986, eff. Sept. 1, 1986.


(No. 29) Question: What is the effect of the footnote following Rule 353, which states that "Appeal is perfected when notice of appeal is given"; and the footnote following Rule 363, stating that the change by amendment of March 31, 1941, was the addition of the words "or if affidavit is contested, and when the contest is over­ruled."

Answer: Said footnotes have no effect upon the meaning of these rules.

The original order of the Supreme Court adopting the rules provides that "only the rules themselves are adopted by this Court"; and the order adopting the amend­ments of March 31, 1941; expressly pro­vides that "The amendments to the notes at the foot of the respective rules are not made as parts of the respective rules." (See BAR JOURNAL, October, 1941, pages 619, 623 and 624.)

The footnote following Rule 353 is incorrect; and the footnote following Rule 363 is incomplete.

As originally adopted, Rule 363 provided that an appeal was perfected by giving notice of appeal, without reference to the filing of the bond, and the footnote so stated. (See Rule 363 in BAR JOUR­NAL, December, 1940.) Thereafter, on March 31, 1941, the Rules were amended so as to revert to the former statutory requirement of filing the bond as one of the steps in perfecting the appeal; and the footnote to the contrary following Rule 363 was stricken out and a new footnote inserted. The new footnote, however, is incomplete in that it only shows a por­tion of the added matter and does not re­flect the entire change accomplished by the amendment.

When Rule 363 was thus amended on March 31, 1941, the footnote under Rule 353 should have been stricken out insofar as it states that "Appeal is perfected when notice of appeal is given"; and it was merely an oversight that this portion of said footnote was not stricken out.

5 Tex. B.J. 169 (1942) reprinted in 8 Tex. B.J. 14 (1945).