Texas has limited jurisdiction courts, county trial courts, state trial courts, and appellate courts. The latter consist of the Courts of Appeals, Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Texas Supreme Court.
Limited jurisdiction courts include Justice Courts and Municipal Courts. Justice Courts handle civil cases up to $10,000, and small claims cases. Municipal Courts handle ordinance violations, and civil cases. Both handle magistrate functions and lesser misdemeanors.
The county trial courts include Constitutional County Courts, County Courts at Law, and Statutory Probate Courts. Constitutional County Courts over see civil cases up to $10,000, probate cases, serious misdemeanors, juvenile cases, and appeals. County Courts at Law handle civil cases up to $100,000, criminal, cases, and appellate actions. Statutory Probate Courts have original and exclusive jurisdiction over their counties' probate matters, guardianship cases, and mental health commitments.
The state trial courts are District Courts. They are responsible for civil, divorce, land title, felony, and juvenile cases.
Click on a sub-category below to access federal court records (PACER), Court of Appeals (Regional), or court record databases containing statewide information (TX Statewide).
The links on the five pages below, under "Public Records," are for county level court record databases in Texas.
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