Texas Motion to Transfer Venue Hearing Example

In Howell v. Mauzy, 899 S.W.2d 690, 699 n.15 (Tex. App.--Austin 1994, writ denied) , the judge for the 202nd Judicial District Court of Bowie County, Texas, was appointed to preside over a suit pending in a Dallas County district court. 899 S.W.2d 690 at 698 n.13. With the parties' agreement, the judge convened a hearing in Bowie County on the defendant's plea in abatement and motion to transfer venue. He "subsequently" ordered the suit abated, and transferred the case to Travis County. Howell, 899 S.W.2d at 698-99. The Austin Court of Appeals agreed with appellant's argument that the trial judge violated Article 5, Section 7 by holding the hearing outside Dallas County, and held the trial judge's orders on the plea in abatement and motion to transfer venue were void. Id. at 700.