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Look for free Texas public records for divorces, lawsuits, criminal records, death records, birth records, marriage search and property records or instant background check and people search services. Access Texas bankruptcy courts, family law court, district court and federal cases with contact information and official websites to the court clerk. Free county case search. Business & corporation search with instant results. Death or birth records through Texas online as well as offline instructions for ordering a birth or death records. Request verification of marriage or dissolution of marriage record. Link to the MVR for driving record requests, vehicle title and registration information. See the state's most wanted and sex offender information.

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  • Texas Federal Courts: Northern Western Eastern
    Search the US District Court system to find information and public records on Northern, Western and Eastern Texas federal case filings.

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    Conduct a bankruptcy search through public records to find individual or corporate bankruptcy filings.

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    Request birth and death certificates from the Texas Dept. of State Health Services.

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Public Records Information

Texas is the second largest state next to Alaska in size and second to California in population with over twenty five million residents. There are 254 counties in Texas, more than any other state in the United States. Counties work as a branch of the state’s government with many localized functions. Cities have their own elections and officials for more local resident needs.

Similar to the Federal Freedom of Information act, Texas enacted open records laws and has made amendments including electronically held information by computer databases. Many databases can be accessed online directly or can be ordered online with free forms, by mail or in person. Open record laws allow anyone without giving a reason to access information kept by Texas state, county and local departments. Department and divisions of the state deal request of various records on a regular basis. Challenges in courts by concerned citizen groups and news organizations have paved the way allowing public viewing of records held by private companies contracted by the state. Records from agencies are also often requested for individual personal purposes.

Conduct a background check on anyone in Texas by ordering a criminal history search. Access public information of convictions from class B misdemeanor violations to felonies directly from the Texas Department of Public Safety. A good starting point to maximize your results is by searching a free people locator database which can reveal current as well as past residences and addresses. This will show you where the search should cover. When residences are found outside the state of your search, you may need to expand your probe to other states. Residents are not required to present an agency with a reason when requesting records that are made public and not classified as private or confidential information.

Court Records Information

The Texas courts of appeals must hear, i.e., have "mandatory jurisdiction," cases that involve civil, non-capital criminal, administrative agency, juvenile, original proceeding, and interlocutory decision cases. These courts have no discretionary jurisdiction. Texas courts of criminal appeals have mandatory jurisdiction in capital criminal, criminal, and original proceeding cases. Texas' courts of criminal appeals have discretionary jurisdiction in non-capital criminal, original proceeding cases and certified questions from federal court. The Texas district courts are the state's trial courts. The district courts have jurisdiction to hear cases that involve tort, contract, real property rights from $200 and up, estate, and other miscellaneous civil matters. District courts have exclusive jurisdiction over administrative agency appeals, domestic relations matters, juvenile matters, felony and misdemeanor matters, DWI or DUI matters, and other miscellaneous criminal matters.

Jury trials are available in these courts. Texas' criminal district court hears various felony, misdemeanor, DWI or DUI, and miscellaneous criminal cases. Texas' county courts at law have jurisdiction to hear cases that involve tort, contract, real property rights from $200 to an unspecified "varying" amount, estate, mental health, civil trial court appeals, and other miscellaneous civil matters. Additionally, these courts hear juvenile matters, misdemeanors, DWI or DUI matters, criminal appeals, moving traffic violations, and other miscellaneous traffic violations. Texas' probate courts hear estate, and mental health matters.

Texas' Constitutional county courts have jurisdiction to hear cases that involve tort, contract, real property rights from $200 to $5,000, estate, mental health, civil trial court appeals, miscellaneous civil matters, juvenile matters, and domestic relations matters. Additionally, these courts hear various misdemeanors, DWI or DUI matters, criminal appeals matters, moving traffic violations, and other miscellaneous traffic violations. Texas' justice of the peace courts have jurisdiction to hear cases that involve tort, contract, real property rights from $0 to $5,000, small claims up to $5,000, mental health matters, misdemeanors, moving traffic violations, parking violations, and other miscellaneous traffic violations. These courts hold venue to preliminary hearings. Jury trials are available in these courts. Texas' municipal courts have jurisdiction to hear cases that involve various misdemeanors, moving traffic violations, parking violations, and other miscellaneous traffic violations. These courts have exclusive ordinance violation jurisdiction, and hold venue to preliminary hearings. Jury trials are available in Texas' municipal courts.

 

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