What is required to be included in the appendix of a Texas court of appeals brief?

The appendix to a Texas court of appeals brief is required to include (1) the trial court’s judgment or other appealable order from which relief is sought; (2) the jury charge and verdict, if any; (3) the trial court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law, if any; (4) the text of any rule, regulation, ordinance, statute, constitutional provision, or other law (excluding case law) which is cited in the brief; and (5) the text of any contract or other document that is central to the case. See Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 38.l(k)(1). Additionally, the appendix is allowed to contain other items, such as case law, documents from the clerk’s record, and excerpts from the reporter’s record. See Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 38.l(k)(2). If an appendix includes more than one item, the appendix is required to contain “bookmarks” (which are sometimes called “e-tabs” or “electronic tabs”). See Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.4(d).

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