In the Matter of M.A.H.--Appeal from 52nd District Court of Coryell CountyAnnotate this Case
TENTH COURT OF APPEALS
IN THE MATTER OF M.A.H.,
From the 52nd District Court
Coryell County, Texas
Trial Court # 953
On May 16, 1994, the court found that M.H. had committed eleven counts of criminal mischief, indicating a need for supervision, and placed him on probation in the custody of his mother until his seventeenth birthday. After M.H. was accused of aggravated sexual assault, the court modified the disposition to commit him to the custody of the Texas Youth Commission until his twenty-first birthday. M.H. immediately filed a notice of appeal.
Appeals from juvenile court are governed by the rules applicable to civil appeals generally. Tex. Fam. Code Ann. 56.01 (Vernon 1986 & Supp. Pamph. 1996); In re S.D.G., 861 S.W.2d 106 (Tex. App. Waco 1993, no writ). A notice of appeal does not perfect an appeal in a juvenile case, rather M.H. was required to file a cost bond or an affidavit of inability to pay costs. Tex. R. App. P. 40(a)(1); In re S.D.G., 861 S.W.2d at 106. Because he failed to file either, we do not have jurisdiction over his appeal. Id.
We are required to allow M.H. an opportunity to amend his notice of appeal. Tex. R. App. P. 83; Linwood v. NCNB Texas, 885 S.W.2d 102, 103 (Tex. 1994). However, M.H. has filed a motion to withdraw his notice of appeal and dismiss this appeal. Tex. R. App. P. 59(a). We conclude that this motion evidences an intent to abandon the appeal. Thus, we will not wait for him to perform an act he has no intention of performing.
We dismiss this appeal for want of jurisdiction.
Before Justice Cummings, and
Dismissed for want of jurisdiction
Opinion delivered and filed April 10, 1996
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