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Rule 686. Citation (1947)


Upon the filing of such petition and order not pertaining to a suit pending in the court, the clerk or such court shall issue a citation to the defendant as in other civil cases, which shall be served and returned in like manner as ordinary citations issued from said court; provided, however, that when a temporary restraining order is issued and is accompanied with a true copy of plaintiff's petition, it shall not be necessary for the citation in the original suit to be accompanied with a copy of plaintiff's petition, nor contain a statement of the nature of plaintiff's demand, but it shall be sufficient for said citation to refer to plaintiff's claim as set forth in a true copy of plaintiff's petition which accompanies the temporary restraining order; and provided further that the court may have a hearing upon an application for a temporary restraining order or temporary injunction at such time and upon such reasonable notice given in such manner as the court may direct.

Amended by order of Aug. 18, 1947, eff. Dec. 31, 1947: Minor textual change. The wording commencing "given" and ending "the court" is mostly new.

Prior Amendments Future Amendments
Oct. 29, 1940, eff. Sept. 1, 1941  
June 16, 1943, eff. Dec. 31, 1943  


Question: Does the provision of Rule 686 to the effect that when a temporary restraining order is issued "accompanied with a true and correct copy of the plaintiff's petition" and dispensing with the necessity of attaching a copy of the plain­tiff's petition to the citation in the original suit, require that the clerk's certificate of a true copy be attached to the copy of the petition accompanying the temporary restraining order?

Answer: Yes. Rule 686 carried forward with minor textual changes Article 4655 of the Revised Statutes of 1925 and adopted the interpretation of, and prevailing practice under, the statute. So construed the clear intendment of Rule 686 is that the copy of the petition accom­panying the temporary restraining order must be certified by the clerk as being "a true and correct copy."

5 Tex. B.J. 15 (1942) reprinted in 8 Tex. B.J. 6 (1945).