About the Texas Courts

Each court in the Texas court system has a specific jurisdiction. At the local level, there are both municipal courts and justice courts (justices of the peace). At the county level, there are constitutional county courts and statutory county courts. Some larger counties also have dedicated probate courts. At the state level, there are district trial courts.

Cases on appeal from county and district courts are heard in one of 15 courts of appeal. At the level above the courts of appeal are the two highest courts in the state: the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in civil matters while the Court of Criminal Appeals has final appellate jurisdiction for criminal matters.

For information on court proceedings and procedural rules, see the Texas court rules page.

Obtaining Court Records

Court records are made available through the court clerk's office. Contact the court clerk for information on how to obtain copies of court documents. 

For more help understanding where to locate records from various Texas and federal courts, please see the library's Court Records guide.

If you have questions, you can Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Document Delivery Service

The State Law Library facilitates access to court records filed in the following courts: 

Through our fee-based document delivery service, we provide copies of available court records at a cost of $0.25 per page (plus other fees). This service is also available for inmates in TDCJ facilities through our inmate copy service.

page last updated: 11 Jun 2024 7:12 PM