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Denton County 16th District Court
Denton County Courts Building
1450 E McKinney St, PO Box 2146
Fax: 940-349-2201 (Civil/Family)
Fax: 940-349-2211 (Criminal)
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Online Court Resources
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Denton County Case Records
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Denton County Court Calendars
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Attorney General Opinions
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Forms and related information
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
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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
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Online Self-Help Forms
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Denton County Law Library
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Denton County Victim Assistance
The Denton County District Attorney's Victims' Assistance Division offers information about victims' rights, notification of offender custody and court status, contacts for services, links to additional online resources, and a list of additional resources with phone numbers.
Denton County Victim Help
The Denton County Sheriff's Office provides the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, information about family violence, and a list of victims' resources with phone numbers.
Non-Custodial Parent Legal Assistance
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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
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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
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Child Support Services
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Online Legal Research Resources
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Denton County Hot Check Collection
The Denton County District Attorney's Office offers information about hot check prosecution and collection, including information for both hot-check writers and merchants, and links to required forms.
Denton County Lawyers
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Fort Worth Area Lawyer Referral
The Tarrant County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by phone, e-mail, or online form in Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise Counties. An initial consultation is also available for a small fee, which can be waived if the case is taken on contingency.
Public Defender Offices
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Attorney Complaint Information
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Bar Association - Lawyer Directory
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Find Attorney Discipline Records
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Find Legal Help
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Free Legal Assistance
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Lawyer Referral Services
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Legal Resources for Veterans
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