O'Connor's Texas Rules * Civil Trials 2015

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O’Connor’s Texas Rules * Civil Trials explains pretrial and trial procedure quickly and thoroughly. Use it in your office and then take it to the courtroom because it contains everything you need to understand procedure in one user-friendly, portable volume. 

  • O’Connor’s will keep you off the computer and out of the library — and that will save you money.
  • Feel confident that you understand procedural complexities.
  • Become a procedure expert in minutes with the plain-English, tightly organized commentaries.
  • Never miss a deadline with complete set of timetables.
  • Quote controlling cases to argue your position in seconds.  
  • Understand the law. Written in plain English to explain the procedural requirements for each phase of litigation, from pleadings and discovery through the trial and post-trial proceedings. Each statement of law is supported with the most relevant authority.
  • Avoid mistakes. Practice tips, cautions, and notes identify danger areas and offer guidance on avoiding procedural errors.
  • Save time. Flowcharts and summary charts highlight important information and concepts, helping you find the law quickly and efficiently.
  • See what’s new. Margin notations in the Rules help identify rules changes, and the introduction includes a summary of major rule, legislative, and common-law changes.
  • Be current. The entire book has been updated to reflect any new and amended rules of procedure and evidence, all relevant legislation from the last legislative session, and important case law changes from Texas appellate courts.
  • Argue on your feet. Whether you’re arguing in court or researching in the office, the case quotations immediately following each rule of procedure or evidence contain the information you need to cite a controlling case. The holding, quoted directly from the opinion when practical, along with the full citation, is given for each case annotation.


  1. General—Rules for filing, serving, hearings, and preserving error
  2. Plaintiff’s Lawsuit—Plaintiff’s petition, jurisdiction, venue, and service of process
  3. Defendant’s Response & Pleadings—Defendant’s answer, special appearance, venue transfer, plea to the jurisdiction, and special exceptions
  4. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  5. Pretrial Motions—Pretrial conference, recusal, continuance, sanctions, and exclusion of experts
  6. Discovery
  7. Disposition Without Trial—Default and summary judgment, dismissal, and settlement
  8. The Trial—From jury selection to final argument
  9. The Judgment—Motion for JNOV, judgment, res judicata, and collateral estoppel
  10. Postjudgment Motions—Post-trial motions challenging the judgment
Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (annotated)
Texas Rules of Evidence (annotated)
Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure


  • Legal Holidays for Purposes of Filing
  • Computing Deadlines to Respond
  • Summary Chart for Motions
  • Comparison of Ad Litems
  • Distance Nonparty Can Be Compelled to Travel
  • Overlapping Monetary Jurisdiction of Trial Courts
  • Civil Jurisdiction of Texas Courts
  • Service Through Secretary of State for Old Entities Service Through Secretary of State for New Entities
  • Proper Person to Serve
  • Summary of Defendant’s Pleadings
  • Internet Contacts
  • Specific Jurisdiction
  • General Jurisdiction
  • Deadlines for Motions to Transfer Venue
  • Comparison of Disqualification, Recusal & Objection to Assigned Judge
  • Summary of Sanctions
  • Enforceable Agreements on Discovery
  • Securing & Responding to Discovery
  • Deadlines to Respond to Discovery
  • Burdens in Discovery Procedure
  • Medical-Committee Privileges
  • Procedures for Securing Discovery About & From Experts
  • Scope of Discovery from Experts
  • Filing Deposition Documents
  • Deadlines to Serve Notice & Subpoena
  • Comparison of Default Judgments
  • Comparison of Summary-Judgment Procedures
  • Filing Deadlines in Summary-Judgment Cases
  • P Moves for Summary Judgment on Its Cause of Action
  • P Moves for Summary Judgment on D’s Counterclaim
  • D Moves for Summary Judgment on Its Affirmative Defense
  • D Moves for Summary Judgment on Its Counterclaim
  • D Moves for Summary Judgment on P’s Cause of Action
  • No-Evidence Motion for Summary Judgment Under TRCP 166a(i)
  • Pursuing an Adverse Ruling
  • Plenary-Power Deadlines
  • Appellate Deadlines
  • Grounds for Challenging Adverse Jury Findings


  • Special Appearance
  • Motion to Transfer Venue—Wrong or Inconvenient County
  • Motion to Change Venue—Local Prejudice
  • Motion to Dismiss—Code Forum Non Conveniens
  • Motion to Dismiss—Common-Law Forum Non Conveniens
  • Motion to Dismiss—Baseless Cause of Action
  • Motion to Abate
  • Pretrial Motions
  • Discovery Schedule for Level 1
  • Discovery Schedule for Level 2
  • No-Answer Default Judgment
  • Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Offer of Settlement
  • Offer of Proof & Bill of Exception
  • Request for Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law
  • Motion to Reinstate After Dismissal for Want of Prosecution
  • Motion to Extend Postjudgment Deadlines
  • Appeal to the Court of Appeals

New in the 2015 edition:

  • Updated commentary and rules based on the 2014 amendments to Texas Rule of Evidence 902(10) for self-authenticating business records by affidavit.
  • Updated commentary on spoliation reflecting the new standards pronounced by the Texas Supreme Court in two recent opinions.
  • Updated commentary on anti-SLAPP motions based on the increasing amount of new case law now available.
  • Fully updated and revised commentary reflecting important case-law changes from 2014.
  • New annotations from case law interpreting the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and Texas Rules of Evidence.
  • Summaries of all important Texas Supreme Court cases from 2014 affecting civil procedure.