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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Lancaster Municipal Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Dallas County, Texas, and resources applicable to all courts in Texas.
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keyword, or view the full index of opinions, letter opinions and advisories, subject index, overruled/modified/affirmed/withdrawn opinions, requests for opinions, and pending requests.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
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.
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.
Advance Directive Forms
Find forms and information regarding Advance Directives in Texas, including Power of Attorney and Directive to Physicians.
Online Self-Help Forms
TexasLawHelp offers do-it-yourself forms and instructions organized by legal issue. Some forms may be completed online with an interactive interview process. Instructions and additional self-help resources are provided.
Online fine payments
Pay Lancaster Municipal Court Fines
Pay Lancaster Municipal Court fines 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 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.
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.
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.
Expunction and Sealing of Criminal Records
View information about sealing of adult and juvenile records, expunctions, orders of nondisclosure, and other related topics.
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 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.
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.