The trial court sanctioned the Department of Family and Protective Services in a conservatorship proceeding. The trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over the department: Nothing in the record shows that the department made a general appearance, and no pleadings named the department as a party. Because the trial court's plenary power had expired, the trial court lacked subject matter jurisdiction. Mandamus relief is conditionally granted.
In re Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Tex. App. Dist. 1
October 11, 2013