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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Harris County 157th Civil District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Harris County, Texas, and resources applicable to all courts in Texas.
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Harris District Court and County Court at Law Case Records
Search Harris County District Court civil, family, and criminal case records and County Court at Law criminal case records online. Background checks and a list of the current day's District Court civil filings are also available.
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Harris County District Court Dockets and County Court at Law Criminal Dockets
Search Harris County District Court civil, criminal, or family dockets and County Court at Law criminal dockets. Search options include date, court number, case number, docket type, SPN, bondsman license number, court type, and case/offense type.
Published opinions and orders
Harris County 157th Civil District Court Orders and Opinions
View Harris County 157th Civil District Court order and opinions by brief description and involved parties.
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keyword, or view the full index of opinions, letter opinions and advisories, subject index, overruled/modified/affirmed/withdrawn opinions, requests for opinions, and pending requests.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
Harris County District Court Forms
View and download Harris County District Court forms including general civil, family, child support, criminal bureau, and accounting.
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
Make Texas Child Support Payments
Make Texas child support payments online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Harris County 157th Civil District Court Procedures
Review general procedures for trials in the Harris County 157th Civil District Court.
Harris County Adult Drug Court
View information about the Harris County Adult Drug Court, which provides an alternative to the criminal justice system for adult drug addicts with pending felony or misdemeanor charges.
Harris County Child Support Information
View Harris County District Clerk information about child support including payment options, enforcement, and legal advice resources. A link to view payment history is included.
Harris County District Court Electronic and Fax Filing
View information about Harris County District Courts that require electronic or fax filing of court documents. Click the court name to view that court's standing orders regarding electronic and fax filing. Click the FREEfax link in the left column for fax filing instructions.
Harris County District Court Local Rules
View the local rules for Harris County District Courts by court division, electronic filing rules, and judges' rules of administration.
Harris County District Court Services
View information and instructions on getting assistance in civil, criminal, and family law matters, including name change, filing papers, and obtaining copies of documents.
Harris County Domestic Relations and Children
The Harris County Domestic Relations Office provides services for families and children, including enforcement of child support and parenting time, social study investigations, dispute resolution, probation, and employment and legal assistance. Information about domestic violence is also available.
Harris County Expunction for Misidentification
View information and instructions for filing an application with the Harris County District Attorney's Office for expunction of a criminal arrest record resulting from the arrested person's use of the applicant's identifying information.
Harris County Felony Mental Health Court
View information about the Harris County Felony Mental Health Court program, which provides an alternative to the criminal justice system for non-violent felony defendants with mental illness.
Harris County Juvenile Programs and Services
View information about programs and services available to juvenile defendants in Harris County, including prevention programs, intake screening, mental health services, deferred prosecution, probation, restitution, community service, and education.
Harris County Law Library
View information about the Harris County Law Library, which is open to the public for legal research. Search the library catalog online or view legal research resources.
Harris County Mediation
The Harris County Dispute Resolution Center provides free mediation services, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial.
Harris County Victim Assistance
The Harris County District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Division offers information about its services for crime victims, victims' rights, and family violence. Links to criminal case information, unclaimed restitution, downloadable brochures, and additional resources and agencies are included. Select the "VICTIM SERVICES" drop-down menu for links to resources and agencies.
Houston Bar Association Legal Handbooks
View handbooks on Family Law, Consumer Law, and Elder Law offered by the Houston Bar Association in multiple languages.
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
Harris County Free Legal Help
View information about the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Harris County in civil matters, including family law, guardianship, estate and probate, housing, consumer, and bankruptcy.
Harris County Legal Services and Lawyer Referral
The Houston Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or online form, and information about legal service resources in Harris County such as Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a will preparation service for elders, a program for veterans, dispute resolution, and LegalLine free legal advice in English and Spanish over the telephone. Select the "Need Legal Assistance?" drop-down menu for links.
Harris County Public Defender
View information about the Harris County Public Defender's Office, which provides criminal defense services for defendants who cannot afford an attorney.
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.
Houston Area Lawyer Referral
The Houston Lawyer Referral Service offers referrals in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery Counties by phone or online form. Initial consultations for a small fee, reduced fees, 24-hour on-call lawyers, and referrals to social service agencies are also available.
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.