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Online Court Resources
Resources for the for the Dallas County 291st 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 Court Case Information
Search Dallas County criminal background information by name or case number. Search criminal case documents by case number. Search District Court and County Court at Law civil case information and documents, Probate Court case information and documents, and District Court family case information by case number, location, party or attorney information, hearing type and date, and additional criteria. District Court family case documents are available through a subscription service.
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 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keyword, or view the full index of opinions, letter opinions and advisories, subject index, overruled/modified/affirmed/withdrawn opinions, requests for opinions, and pending requests.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
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.
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.
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.
Child Support Forms
View and download child support forms in English or Spanish.
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.
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.
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.
Advance Directive Forms
Find forms and information regarding Advance Directives in Texas, including Power of Attorney and Directive to Physicians.
Online fine payments
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 by case number, name, and contact information. An administrative fee applies.
Pay Dallas County District Court Civil and Family Fines and Fees
Make online payments to the Dallas County District Clerk for civil and family case fines and fees by case number. An administrative 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 by case number, name, and contact information. An administrative 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
Dallas County Law Library
Information regarding the Dallas County Law Library, which is open to the general public for legal research. Search the law library catalog online.
Dallas County Legal Information
View information about adult and minor arrests, name changes, and self-representation in Dallas County courts.
Dallas County Juvenile Probation
View information about Dallas County juvenile probation, including court assessment, diversion programs such as drug and mental health court, restitution, deferred prosecution, home detention, and victim services.
Dallas County District Court Local Civil and Family Court Rules and Other Information
View the Dallas County District Court local court rules for civil and family cases. Also view instructions for appointment of guardians and attorneys ad litem, and supplemental civil case information sheet instructions for self-represented parties.
Dallas County District Court Legal Assistance
View Dallas County District Court legal assistance resources, including divorce and adult name change.
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 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, and 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
Information regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution in Dallas County, including answers to frequently asked questions.
Dallas County District Court Civil and Family Case Filing
View instructions for filing divorce, civil, and family cases in Dallas County District Court.
Non Custodial Legal Assistance
View legal resources and information for non-custodial parents. Resources cover access, visitaion and custody, paternity issues and child support. Information is offered in both English and Spanish.
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.
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.
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, Code of Judicial Conduct, Texas Rules of Judicial Administration, and rules governing attorneys including Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
Child Support and Child Protection Courts
View information about the Specialty Courts Program, which includes Child Support Courts and Child Protection Courts.
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.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Texas, including local housing counseling agencies and links to legal aid providers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Online Legal Research Resources
Including Texas laws, administrative code, and municipal codes.
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
Dallas County Public Defender
View information about the Dallas County Public Defender office, which provides free legal representation to indigent persons in certain criminal, family, and juvenile cases. Links to information about specific case types are in the left column.
Dallas County LegalLine
The Dallas County Bar Association offers LegalLine, a free call-in service where volunteer attorneys answer legal questions.
Dallas County Housing Legal Help
The Dallas County Housing Crisis Center provides telephone counseling, a weekly free legal clinic, and pro bono legal services for homeless and other people with housing problems.
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 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 Area Lawyer Referral, Selection, and Complaints
The Dallas Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service in Collin and Dallas Counties by telephone or online form, including an initial consultation for a nominal fee. Information about types of cases and options for parties who can't afford and attorney are also provided. Links to "Consumer Tips" for selecting a lawyer, and to fee dispute and grievance procedures, are 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.
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.
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 pro bono legal assistance to income-eligible residents.
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.