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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Dallas County 194th District Court - Criminal as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Dallas County, Texas, and resources applicable to all courts in Texas.
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Dallas County Case Records
Search Dallas County District Court, Criminal District Court, County Court at Law, and Probate Court civil, family, criminal, and probate case records online.
Dallas County District Court Civil Case Index Reports
Receive weekly Dallas County District Court civil case index reports through this paid subscription service. Case index information includes case number, case name, case type, filed date, closure date, and disposition.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Dallas County Court Hearings
Search Dallas County District Court, County Court at Law, and Probate Court upcoming civil, probate, and family hearings by location and hearing type, and by case number, party name, attorney name, attorney bar number, or judicial officer name. First select "Civil Records - Dallas County District & County Courts Case and Documentation Information" and then use the "Search Hearings" feature.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Opinions
Search official opinions of the Texas Attorney General 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keyword, or view the full index of opinions, letter opinions and advisories, subject index, overruled/modified/affirmed/withdrawn opinions, requests for opinions, and pending requests.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
Dallas County District Court Forms
View and download Dallas County District Court forms including civil, family, criminal, record request, trust/collections, child support, and general.
Child Support Forms
View and download child support forms in English or Spanish.
Civil Case Information Sheet Pro Se Instructions
View supplemental instructions and definitions for self-represented parties to complete the Civil Case Information Sheet. This sheet is 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.
Court Forms and Instructions
View and download various Texas court forms and instructions, including the Civil Case Information sheet required when filing a new civil, family law, probate, or mental health case or family law post-judgment petition. Additional forms and instructions include foreclosure, constitutionality of a state statute, order of nondisclosure, protective order, and divorce and other family matters.
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.
Protective Order Guide and Forms
View and download a Protective Order Kit with information about protective orders, what to expect in court, contacts for additional help, and instructions on how to complete the Application for Protective Order.
Advance Directive Forms
Find forms and information regarding Advance Directives in Texas, including Power of Attorney and Directive to Physicians.
Online Self-Help Forms
Complete Texas court forms using an interactive interview process; completed forms can be saved and printed. Forms may also be downloaded and filled out by hand. Instructions and additional self-help resources are provided.
Online fine payments
Pay Dallas County District Court Civil and Family Fines and Fees
Make payments to the Dallas County District Clerk for civil and family case fines and fees online. A fee applies.
Pay Dallas County District Court Felony Criminal Fines and Fees
Make online payments to the Dallas County District Clerk for felony criminal fines and fees. A fee applies.
Pay Dallas County District Court Protective Order Fines and Fees
Make online payments to the Dallas County District Clerk for Protective Order fines and fees online. A fee applies.
Make Texas Child Support Payments
Make Texas child support payments online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Dallas County Adult Probation and Specialty Courts
View information about Dallas County Adult Probation, including types of offenses and supervision, treatment services, specialty courts, victim services, and a link to online probation payments. Specialty courts can set up treatment programs in lieu of jail for some offenders; court types include felony diversion court, intensive intervention, addiction treatment, DWI program, safe re-entry after incarceration, veterans court, dual diagnosis court, mental health court, prostitution court, and domestic violence court.
Dallas County Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution information is provided for Dallas County, including available services and answers to frequently asked questions.
Dallas County Child Support
The Dallas County Child Support Office offers information about child support collection, distribution, and enforcement. Links to forms, state and federal agencies, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Dallas County District Court Civil and Family Case Filing
View instructions for filing divorce, civil, and family cases in Dallas County District Court.
Dallas County District Court Legal Assistance
View Dallas County District Court legal assistance resources, including divorce and adult name change.
Dallas County District Court Local Civil and Family Court Rules and Other Information
Dallas County District Court local court rules for civil and family cases are provided. Also available are instructions for appointment of guardians and attorneys ad litem, and supplemental civil case information sheet instructions for self-represented parties.
Dallas County Juvenile Probation
Dallas County juvenile probation information is provided, including court assessment, diversion programs such as drug and mental health court, restitution, deferred prosecution, home detention, and victim services.
Dallas County Law Library
The Dallas County Law Library is open to the general public for legal research and provides a searchable legal catalog online.
Dallas County Legal Information
View information from the Dallas Bar Association about adult and juvenile arrests, name changes, and self-representation in Dallas County courts.
Non-Custodial Parent Legal Assistance
View legal resources and information for non-custodial parents. Resources cover access, visitation and custody, paternity issues, and child support. Information is offered in both English and Spanish.
Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
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.
Child Support and Child Protection Courts
View information about the Specialty Courts Program, which includes Child Support Courts and Child Protection Courts.
Child Support Information
The Texas Attorney General's Office offers information for parents and guardians about child support, with links to an interactive website that can be used to apply for services, check case and payment status, and pay support online. Additional links include downloadable publications in English or Spanish, office locations, access and visitation help, family violence information, forms, and more.
View and download Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, Texas Code of Judicial Conduct, Texas Rules of Judicial Administration, and rules governing attorneys including Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
Crime Victim Help
The Texas Attorney General's Office offers information about the Crime Victims' Compensation Program, victims' rights, child abuse, family violence, protective orders, sexual assault, stalking, and victim notification. Application forms and instructions for Crime Victims' Compensation are included.
Expunction and Sealing of Criminal Records
View information about sealing of adult and juvenile records, expunctions, orders of nondisclosure, and other related topics.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Texas, including local housing counseling agencies and links to legal aid providers.
Landlord-Tenant Legal Assistance
Find information on landlord-tenant issues and housing discrimination provided by the Austin Tenants’ Council. The Council also provides housing counseling and legal counseling for Texas residents, with priority given to income-eligible Travis County residents.
Ask a Law Librarian Program
The Texas State Law Library offers a free program for the public to ask reference librarians questions about legal research. Inquiries can be made in person, online, by telephone, or by mail.
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.
General Information about Trial Courts
View a summary explanation about the Texas court system and an overview of the types of cases that each court may exercise jurisdiction over.
Legal Guides and Brochures
View guides and brochures from the Texas Bar Association on a variety of legal topics, including subpoenas, attorney complaints, consumer issues, 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.
Legal Information and Legal Resources
View legal information and resources by topic, including family law, crime victims, consumer, benefits, employment, elder law, veterans, housing, wills, disability, immigration, the legal system and more. Additional self-help resources, videos, and forms are also available.
Online Legal Research Resources
The Texas State Law Library provides links to the state Constitution and Statutes, Administrative Rules, and a list of answers to frequently asked legal questions.
Trial Court Jurisdiction by Case Type
A detailed description of trial court jurisdiction, listed by case type, subject matter and court type is provided.
Trial Court Jurisdiction by County
A description of case type jurisdiction for Texas trial courts is provided and listed by county.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Dallas County Free Civil Legal Help
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney program provides free civil legal assistance to people who can't afford an attorney. Local clinic locations and contact information are provided.
Dallas County Free Legal Services Directory
View a directory of organizations providing free legal services in the Dallas area on subjects including immigration, housing, and general legal matters.
Dallas County Housing Legal Help
The Dallas County Housing Crisis Center provides telephone counseling, a bi-weekly free legal clinic, and pro bono legal services for homeless individuals, veterans, and others with housing problems.
Dallas County LegalLine
Dallas County LegalLine, a free call-in service to volunteer attorneys who answer legal questions for the public, is sponsored by the Dallas County Bar Association.
Dallas County Public Defender
The Dallas County Public Defender provides free legal representation to indigent persons in certain criminal, family, and juvenile cases.
Dallas Area Lawyer Referral, Selection, and Complaints
The Dallas Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service in Collin and Dallas Counties. Referrals include an initial consultation by a lawyer for a nominal fee, and are based upon information provided by telephone or by online form completion. Information about types of cases and options for parties who can't afford an attorney are also provided. Links to "Consumer Tips" for selecting a lawyer, fee dispute, and grievance procedures are available in the right column.
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.
Attorney Complaint Information
The State Bar of Texas offers information about the complaint process against attorneys and several dispute resolution services.
Bar Association - Lawyer Directory
Search the Texas Bar Association directory of member attorneys by practice type, location, certification and services, and contact information.
Find Attorney Discipline Records
The Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals reviews certain types of disciplinary actions 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.
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.
Free Legal Assistance
View a directory of statewide and county organizations that provide free pro bono legal assistance to income-eligible residents.
Information for Texans Who Cannot Afford a Lawyer
View information provided by the Texas State Bar about organizations that provide free legal services to low-income individuals.
Lawyer Referral Services
The State Bar of Texas offers a statewide telephonic lawyer referral service and a list of additional lawyer referral services.
Legal Resources for Veterans
View information about resources available to veterans needing civil legal assistance, access to legal clinics, and disability rights information.