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Online Court Resources
Resources for the for the Smith County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Smith County, Texas, and resources applicable to all courts in Texas.
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Smith County Case Records
Search Smith County District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Court at Law, and Justice of the Peace criminal, civil, and probate court records by name or cause number, case status, date filed, birth date, and hearing date and time, attorney, case status, and filing date range.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
Search official opinions of the Texas Attorney General opinions by keyword, or view the full index of opinions, letter opinions and advisories, subject index, overruled/modified/affirmed/withdrawn opinions, requests for opinions, and pending requests. Search options are in the left column.
Forms and related information
Smith County Hot Check Forms
View and download forms for use in hot check cases in Smith County, including check information, witness statemen, and check receipt form
Smith County Court Payment Plan Application
View and download an application to set up a payment plan for Smith County court fines, costs, and fees. Click the Payment Plans tab.
Smith County Justice of the Peace Forms
View and download a variety of forms for use in Smith County Justice of the Peace Courts.
Instructions for Completing Civil Case Information Sheet
Step-by-step instructions for completing the Civil Case Information Sheet required in Texas for a new civil, family law, probate, or mental health case or when a post-judgment petition for modification or motion for enforcement is filed in a family law case.
Driver Record Request Form
View and download a form to request your driver record, which must be supplied when requesting the Driving Safety Course. Select Record Type 3A.
Civil Case Information Sheet Pro Se Instructions
View supplemental instructions and definitions for self-represented parties completing the Civil Case Information Sheet required in Texas for a new civil, family law, probate, or mental health case or when a post-judgment petition for modification or motion for enforcement is filed in a family law case.
Texas Juvenile Court Forms
View and download various forms for use in Texas juvenile proceedings, from the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Required Civil Case Information Sheet
The State of Texas requires that a Civil Case Information sheet be completed and submitted when an original petition or application is filed to initiate a new civil, family law, probate, or mental health case or when a post-judgment petition for modification or motion for enforcement is filed in a family law case.
Advance Directive Forms
Find forms and information regarding Advance Directives in Texas, including Power of Attorney and Directive to Physicians.
Online fine payments
Pay Smith County Hot Checks
Pay Smith County District Attorney's Office hot check restitution online. A service fee applies.
Make Texas Child Support Payments
Make Texas child support payments online by credit card or bank account debit. There are fees associated with either service.
Self help, legal research, general information
Smith County Justice of the Peace Information
View information about Justice Court, small claims, eviction, traffic, bad check, and truancy cases in Smith County Justice of the Peace Courts; links are in the left column. A link to a map of Justice of the Peace precincts and a description of Justice of the Peace duties are also available.
Smith County Law Library
View information about the Smith County Law Library, which is open to the public for legal research.
Smith County Juvenile Services
View information about services available to juvenile defendants in Smith County, including supervision, probation, intake screening, detention, and community service. Links to forms are provided, including victim statement, social history, and restitution plan.
Driving Safety Course Information
View information about Driving Safety Courses, which can result in dismissal of traffic tickets for some offenses. Links to approved classroom, take-home, and online course providers are included.
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Help
The Texas Advocacy Project provides information, legal hotlines, assistance with obtaining protective orders, and other legal services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Links to additional online resources are included.
View and download Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, Code of Judicial Conduct, Texas Rules of Judicial Administration, and rules governing attorneys including Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Texas, including local housing counseling agencies and links to legal aid providers.
Citation Lookup and Court Locator
Search the Texas Highway Patrol citation database by driver's license or ID number, name, and date of birth to find out which court to contact about your citation.
Information on Expunction and Sealing of Texas Criminal Records
View information on Texas sealing of juvenile records, expunctions, orders of nondisclosure and other related topics.
Landlord & Tenant Legal Information and Assistance
Information on landlord-tenant issues in Texas and housing discrimination, including forms and form letters. The organization also provides housing counseling and legal counseling for Texas residents, with priority given to income-eligible Travis County residents.
Ask a Law Librarian
The Texas State Law Library offers a free service to ask reference librarians questions about legal research by telephone or an online form. Or, search the Law Library catalog online.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
Legal information and resources are organized by topic, including Civil Rights, Crime Victims, Disaster Relief, Employment, Health, Immigration, Benefits, Consumer, Disability, Elder Law, Family Law, Domestic Violence, Housing, Military and Veterans, and Wills & Estates.
Online Legal Research Resources
Including Texas laws, administrative code, and municipal codes.
Legal Guides and Brochures
View guides and brochures from the Texas Bar Association on a variety of legal topics, including subpoenas, attorney complaints, consumer, dispute resolution, criminal record expunction, traffic court, how to select a lawyer, how to sue in Justice Court, name changes, and the criminal justice process.
General Information about Trial Courts
A summary explanation about the Texas court system and an overview about the types of cases that each court may exercise jurisdiction over.
Child Support Services
The Attorney General of Texas offers an interactive website with child support information and services, including how to apply for services, help finding an absent parent, forms, and how to find case and payment information.
Trial Court Jurisdiction by Case Type
A detailed description of trial court jurisdiction, listed by case type, subject matter and court type.
Trial Court Jurisdiction by County
A detailed description of case type jurisdiction for Texas trial courts, listed by county.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Free Legal Aid
Lone Star Legal Aid provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney in 72 counties in Texas and four counties in southwest Arkansas.
Public Defender Offices
View contact information for Public Defender Offices, which provide criminal defense services for defendants who cannot afford an attorney. Information about counties served and types of cases handled is included.
Free Legal Assistance
View a directory of statewide and county organizations that provide pro bono legal assistance to income-eligible residents.
Find Legal Help
Search a directory of legal service providers for low-income residents by location and legal issue, or view the complete directory in alphabetical order or by service area.
Bar Association - Lawyer Directory
Search the Texas Bar Association directory of member attorneys by type of case, location, certification/services, and contact information.
Find Attorney Discipline Records
The Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals reviews certain types of discipline cases against attorneys. Summaries of recent decisions and an archive of past decisions are available online. Search by the first letter of the last name of an attorney.
Information for Texans Who Cannot Afford a Lawyer
View information about organizations that provide free legal services to low-income individuals.
Lawyer Referral Services
The State Bar of Texas offers a statewide telephone lawyer referral service and a list of additional lawyer referral services.
Legal Resources for Veterans
View information on legal resources available to Veterans in Texas, including veterans legal clinics and disability rights information.
Attorney Complaint Information
The State Bar of Texas offers information about the complaint process and several dispute resolution services.