ccording to the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, public information is collected and kept by the Texas government for the purpose of its function. All government information is deemed to be available to the public, with the exception of certain documents that would violate personal privacy rights, endanger citizens or government entities, or are confidential by law.
Public records are materials and documents stored by a government entity and made accessible to the public. These often include deeds, mortgages, property records, land records, judgments, liens, maps, photographs, meeting minutes, legal papers, letters, laws, ordinances, license information, vital records, and other types of records.
This page is devoted to providing you the most in-demand databases of statewide public records in Texas. More resources at levels other than the state level are available via the menu in the margin.
Court System - The Texas court system has five levels. At the first level are Justice Courts (civil cases to $10,000, small claims) and Municipal Courts (ordinance violations, civil). Both handle magistrate functions & lesser misdemeanors. Second are county trial courts: Constitutional County Courts (civil to $10,000, probate, serious misdemeanors, juvenile, appeals); County Courts at Law (civil to $100,000, criminal & appellate actions); and Statutory Probate Courts. Third are state trial District Courts, which handle civil, divorce, land title, felony, & juvenile cases. Fourth are the Courts of Appeals, which review decisions from the lower courts. At the top is the Supreme Court (final appeals for civil & juvenile cases)