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Click here for the full text of this decision The act removing Brazos County from the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals Districts provides that the only cases not affected by the change in the First and Fourteenth Court’s jurisdiction are those cases filed in the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals in which transcripts were filed before the effective date of the Act. FACTS:Rahman Adam Williams filed a motion for rehearing of a writ of mandamus denied her in the 1st Court of Appeals. Her original motion was postmarked Sept. 1, 2003, which was Labor Day. She says that because of the legal holiday, she even had until Sept. 2, 2003, to file her petition, which the 1st Court rejected. HOLDING:Rehearing denied. The court explains that under an act passed by the 2003 Legislature, Brazos County was moved from under the jurisdiction of the 1st and 14th courts of appeals and placed under the 10th Court of Appeals. The act took effect on Sept. 1, and the only cases the two courts retain are the ones filed before the effective date. That means Williams had to file her petition before Sept. 1, regardless of whether Sept. 1 was a legal holiday. Furthermore, the 1st Court of Appeals does not have the authority to transfer Williams’ case to the 10th Court of Appeals, though, in a footnote, the court does suggest that Williams could either file a motion with the Supreme Court to transfer her case to the 10th Court of Appeals or file a new petition directly with the 10th Court of Appeals. OPINION:Per curiam.

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