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The novel coronavirus does not relieve relators from the usual mandamus standards.

On July 10, 2020, the Corpus Christi-Edinburg Court of Appeals addressed a petition for mandamus regarding emergency and temporary orders for possession and access to the relator’s minor children.

While the relator “expressed concern[ ] that the trial court’s verbal ruling was based, in part, on the coronavirus pandemic in violation of emergency orders issued by the Texas Supreme Court,” the court found that mandamus was not proper because the record did not include all of the relevant pleadings and the trial court’s oral ruling was not “clear, specific, and adequately shown by the record as required for mandamus review.”

The coronavirus pandemic can excuse much, but it cannot provide a record for a reviewing court.

In re Williams, No. 13-20-00236-CV, 2020 WL 3957833.