Court of Appeals of Texas, Austin.
David ASTON d/b/a Aston Landscape & Construction and Aston Landscape & Construction, Inc., Appellants,
TEXAS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE FACILITY, Appellee.
April 12, 2001.
From the District Court of Travis County, 345th Judicial District, No. 96-07119; F. Scott McCown, Judge Presiding.
Before PURYEAR, JJ.
*1 Because appellants David Aston d/b/a Aston Landscape & Construction and Aston Landscape & Construction, Inc. failed to file timely a perfecting instrument, we will dismiss the appeal for want of jurisdiction on our own motion. See 42.3(a).
The trial court signed the judgment on September 7, 2000. Consequently, appellants’ notice of appeal was due October 9, 2000, thirty days after the judgment was signed, absent a timely filed motion extending the appellate deadlines. See Tex.R.App.P. 26.1(a).
In reviewing the submitted clerk’s record, the Clerk of this Court noted that appellants filed a Request for Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law on September 29, 2000 and a Motion for New Trial on October 10, 2000. Because the judgment was signed on September 7, 2000, appellants’ Request for Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law was due on September 27, 2000, and their Motion for New Trial was due on October 9, 2000. See 329b(a).
By letter dated March 14, 2001, the Clerk of this Court requested from appellants either (1) proof of timely mailing of either, or both, of these filings or (2) an affidavit swearing that the filings were mailed to the district clerk’s office on or before the due dates. The Clerk gave appellants until March 24, 2001 to respond or the cause would be dismissed for want of jurisdiction. The Clerk has received no response from appellants.
The time period for filing a perfecting instrument is jurisdictional. Velasquez v. Harrison, 934 S.W.2d 767, 770 (Tex .App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1996, no writ). When an appellant fails to file timely a perfecting instrument or properly seek an extension of time to file a perfecting instrument, the appellate court must dismiss the cause for lack of jurisdiction. Id.
Because appellants’ notice of appeal was not timely filed, this Court is without jurisdiction over the appeal. Accordingly, we dismiss this appeal for want of jurisdiction on our own motion. See Tex.R.App.P. 42.3(a).