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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Rebecca Green’s rights to her three children were terminated. On appeal, Green’s appointed attorney filed an Anders brief stating that, after a thorough review of the record, the appeal was frivolous. The appointed attorney gave Green all the material from the case, and Green was granted an extension of time to file her own brief, which she did not do. The court now considers whether appointed counsel may file an Anders brief in a parental-rights termination appeal. HOLDING:Trial court judgment affirmed. In a matter of first impression, the court finds that neither the Texas Supreme Court nor the U.S. Supreme Court has held that counsel is required to file an Anders brief in a parental-rights termination case upon finding that no arguable error exists or that the appellate courts are obliged to review the record for arguable error. Conversely, the court notes it is also not prohibited from conducting its own review of the record for arguable error in a parental-rights termination case where counsel files an Anders brief. “Accordingly, we hold that when appointed counsel represents an indigent client in a parental termination appeal and concludes that there are no non-frivolous issues for appeal, counsel may file an Anders brief.” Although it acknowledges it may not be required to do so, the court reviews the clerk’s and reporter’s records and finds no arguable error requiring the court to appoint a new counsel to re-brief the case for appeal. OPINION:Horton, J.; McKeithen, C.J., Gaultney and Horton, JJ.

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