ALL HANDS ON DECK: Requirements for Anders Briefs, 04-18-00475-CV, In re N.F.M.

In In re N.F.M., the court addressed the requirements for briefs filed pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, in parental-rights-termination appeals. After counsel’s  Anders brief was struck for failing to contain a professional evaluation of the record, counsel filed a motion for en banc reconsideration of the order. The majority denied relief, explaining that the uniform Anders briefing requirements that apply in juvenile and criminal appeals apply in termination appeals, and explained why counsel’s brief failed to contain a professional evaluation of the record. The dissent would have held the Anders brief was sufficient and granted relief.

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