With both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on Fridays this year, it is no surprise that the Texas Supreme Court has not issued its regular orders list since December 17, 2010.

The Court did issue some briefing requests on the 17th (see the sidebar or my list of recent briefing requests) and, on Wednesday, the Court dismissed the mandamus petition filed by Representative Larry Taylor seeking better answers to a public information request (see more details).

The Texas Supreme Court next hears oral arguments on January 4, 2011. It’s a one-day argument sitting because the Court did not select enough petitions to fill out the original three-day argument schedule.