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Legal Resources for Non-Law Students: State/Local Courts

links to general legal information for students and the public

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Finding Texas cases

flagFree online availability of Texas Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court opinions and case records is through the Texas Courts Online website. Click the appropriate link in the "Case Information" box on the right.

St. Mary's students, faculty and staff may also use key Lexis/Nexis Academic to find case law.

Remember that the Law Library has printed case law resources, as well as access to online collections not available in the Blume Library. Consult a Law Librarian for assistance.

Some more resources:

Finding other states' cases

Cases and decisions from courts below the Courts of Appeals in different states are often difficult to find online. 

Remember that the Law Library has printed case law resources, as well as access to online collections not available in the Blume Library. Consult a Law Librarian for assistance.

Texas Court organization

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The State Bar of Texas offers a series of informational pamphlets online dealing with a variety of legal issues in their "For the Public" section.

Here's a handy chart that sets out the organizational structure of the Texas court system. You can find the original chart here at Texas Courts Online. It's hyperlinked to more information and contacts for the specific courts. Plus they provide a printable PDF version.

Texas courts chart


Texas Courts Online offers other information related to the judicial process in Texas. Search for background information on specific topics in their "TCO Encyclopedia." Here are some other useful sections of the website: