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Court of Appeals of Texas, Dallas.

IN THE INTEREST OF K.V., A CHILD

No. 05-17-00251-CV

Decided: April 26, 2017

Before Chief Justice Wright, Justice Lang-Miers, and Justice Stoddart Opinion by Chief Justice Wright

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Appellant filed a notice of appeal stating that he was appealing the judgment dated March 1, 2017. The Court then received a letter from the district clerk's office informing us that “there's only an Associate Judge's Report filed pending a hearing, May 22, 2017.” On March 17, 2017, the Court sent the parties a letter questioning our jurisdiction over this appeal as there does not appear to be a final judgment. We instructed appellant to file, by March 27, 2017, a letter brief addressing the jurisdictional issue with an opportunity for appellee to file a response. We cautioned appellant that failure to file a letter brief within the time specified may result in dismissal of the appeal without further notice. As of today's date, appellant has not filed a response.

Generally, this Court has jurisdiction only over appeals from final judgments and certain interlocutory orders as permitted by statute. See Lehmann v. Har-Con Corp., 39 S.W.3d 191, 195 (Tex. 2001). A final judgment is one that disposes of all pending parties and claims. Id.

The record before this Court demonstrates that the trial court has not rendered a final judgment or other appealable order. Without a judgment or other appealable order, there is nothing for this Court to review. Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal for want of jurisdiction. See TEX. R. APP. P. 42.3(a).

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CAROLYN WRIGHT CHIEF JUSTICE