The jurists and staff of the intermediate appellate courts and the state’s two high courts, who often work on the weekends, will be taking some forced R&R tomorrow, because the lights are going out in the building that hosts their web servers.
“All our significant others will be thankful,” jokes David Slayton, administrative director of the Texas Office of Court Administration.
Slayton says the Texas Facilities Commission is replacing the electrical systems in the Price Daniel Building, the Tom C. Clark Building and the Supreme Court Building from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The power will go out and shut down the servers that host the websites and e-mail service for all the state’s appellate courts.
If a lawyer emails appellate court personnel, Slayton says, “It’ll be queued up, so when it [power] comes back on, the email will come through; but we won’t receive it in the time the system is down.”
Electronic filing is not affected by the power outage, he adds.
— Angela Morris