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Dismissal for Want of Prosecution

A case may be dismissed for want of prosecution for any of the following reasons:


1.    Failure of Plaintiff to request a setting or take other appropriate action after notice from the Clerk that the case has been pending without action for more than sixty (60) days.

2.   Failure of Plaintiff’s counsel to appear for pretrial, docket conference, or other preliminary hearing, especially where there has been a previous failure to appear or where no amendment has been timely file to meet expectations previously sustained.

3.    Failure of Plaintiff to make an announcement of “ready” when a case is called for trial or hearing of any preliminary matters.

4.   For any other reasons provided by the Local Rules of the District Courts of Collin County, Texas, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, or the general law.


Subject to other provision of these Rules, the Clerk shall mail a written notice of such dismissal to all parties or their counsel of record.

If your case set on the dismissal docket (which is usually a Saturday), you must do one of the following  BEFORE the dismissal date.


1.    Dispose of your case;


2.   Obtain a trial date and formal pre-trial conference date from the Court Coordinator.  Submit an agreed and completed scheduling order signed by all parties to the case via email to or via e-file.  You may download a scheduling order by clicking here.


3.    Complete a Request for Setting or submit your own and deliver to the Court Coordinator.  You may download the Court's form by clicking here.


Any request for a jury trial must also be accompanied by a proposed scheduling order.  Parties failing to submit a scheduling order will be limited to 90 minutes per side at trial.  If a plaintiff/petitioner does not submit a proposed scheduling order with their written request for a trial, the defendant/respondent will be bound by the 90 minute time limited unless they have submitted a proposed scheduling order.  The parties are directed to confer with each other within ten (10) days to discuss an agreed scheduling order. 

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