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What is Included in Texas Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Texas Court Record Lookup

Texas TX court records are public documents that can be used to establish child custody, collect a judgment, enforce an eviction, or enroll in a treatment program. In Texas, public records such as these are accessible by performing Texas court records search.

Trial courts in Texas

Municipal courts and justice of the peace courts are each located in over 800 places around the state. These courts have overlapping jurisdiction on misdemeanor criminal cases, minor civil cases, and violations of local ordinances. Probate courts have jurisdiction over guardianships, wills, estates, and mental health cases in 10 of the largest metropolitan areas in the state.

There are constitutional county courts in each of the 254 counties in Texas with jurisdiction over class A and B misdemeanor cases as well as some appellate authority over cases from lower courts.

State District Courts

District courts are the general trial courts, located in most counties and metropolitan areas. Mentioned courts try criminal felonies, divorces, real property, juvenile, and civil cases with more than $200 in value at stake. In populous areas, these courts may have specialty divisions for family law, juvenile, and civil cases.

Some case information may be searched online through a Texas court record lookup. Juvenile case records and others that contain information about victims of certain crimes may be subject to confidentiality laws and therefore unavailable to the public.

The district and county courts had a combined 552,970 felony cases on their dockets in a recent year, including over 800 capital murder cases.

Appellate courts

The Court of Criminal Appeals is the intermediate appellate court with 14 districts that hears only criminal cases. The supreme court hears only civil and juvenile cases, which can be accessed via Texas court case lookup.

U.S. District Court

Each state has at least one branch of federal court, known as U.S. District Court. These Texas courthouses have jurisdiction over bankruptcy petitions, violations of federal laws, class action suits, and lawsuits that involve several states. Records may be searched online and requested through the clerk of the court where the case was heard. Anyone can access Texas court records online.

Texas Notable Court Cases

Lisa Ann Diaz of Plano, Texas was charged with drowning her two young daughters in 2003 after she also tried to commit suicide. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and released in 2006 to an outpatient program.

Patsy Ardoin was killed in 2006 when her truck crossed a railroad operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. The following year, the father of her surviving daughter sued the railroad company and they were found at fault and awarded over $8 million to the plaintiff.

In 2016, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the state's public school financing "'satisfies minimum constitutional requirements." The case was brought by school districts wanting the Supreme Court to force the Legislature to split tax revenues equitably between wealthy and poor school districts. The high court stated that the court cannot make such specific policy decisions, which must be determined by the Legislature.

Texas Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 1,570,305
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 5,636
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 87%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 204,481

Civil Caseloads for Texas, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 7,975,173 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 5,636 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 87% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has increased since 2012, being 1,570,305 vs. 1,567,623, which is by -0.2 % lower than 5 years ago. The same picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s lower compared to 2012, by 5.6% being 1,368,268 compared to 1,450,195.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload
2012$10000185,13971012%
2013$10000167,63263410%
2014$10000171,66063710%
2015$10000173,14963011%
2016$10000204,48173413%

The caseload for small claims has increased since 2012, going from 185,139 cases a year to 204,481 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $10,000 in 2016 compared to the $10,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has increased- 734 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 710 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 13.2% for the state of Texas for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Texas sum in 2,690,078 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 86% of misdemeanor and 13% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Texas compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 3,276,526 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -30% and +3% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 397,468 cases which is 1,427 court cases per 100.000 population. It has increased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 13,780 for the last 5 years, being 383,688 in 2012.

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State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr's BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2018
President's BirthdayMonday, February 19, 2018
Good FridayFriday, March 30, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Veterans' Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Day after Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 23, 2018
Christmas EveMonday, December 24, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018
Day after ChristmasWednesday, December 26, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Criminal Appeals Caseloads