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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Elsa Municipal Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Hidalgo 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keyword, or view the full index of opinions, letter opinions and advisories, subject index, overruled/modified/affirmed/withdrawn opinions, requests for opinions, and pending requests.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
Make Texas Child Support Payments
Make Texas child support payments online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Hidalgo County Expunctions
The Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney's Office offers information about expunction of criminal records, including those resulting from identity theft.
Hidalgo County Juvenile Justice Information
View and download brochures explaining the juvenile justice system in Hidalgo County, including parental and juvenile rights, restricted access to records, and information for victims of juvenile offenders. Most are available in English or Spanish.
Hidalgo County Law Library
View information about Hidalgo County Law Library, which is open to the general public for legal research.
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
Hidalgo County Indigent Defense
View information about the Hidalgo County Indigent Defense Program, which determines defendants' eligibility for the services of an appointed attorney in criminal cases.
Hidalgo County Public Defender
View information about the Hidalgo County Public Defender office, which provides criminal defense services for defendants who cannot afford an attorney.
Free Legal Assistance in Southwest Texas
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid provides free legal assistance in most civil matters to low-income persons in Southwest Texas.
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.