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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Harris County Constitutional Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Harris 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keyword, or view the full index of opinions, letter opinions and advisories, subject index, overruled/modified/affirmed/withdrawn opinions, requests for opinions, and pending requests.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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Texas, including local housing counseling agencies and links to legal aid providers.
Property Distribution Without a Will
View a chart of how property is distributed in Texas when someone dies without a will.
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 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.
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.
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.