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efiling by Parties  

Beginning January 1, 2014, all attorneys in civil and criminal cases are required to file all documents (except a document submitted under seal or subject to a motion to seal) with the Court through the eFileTexas.gov electronic filing system. Persons not represented by an attorney may eFile documents, but eFiling is not required. (See Final eFiling Rules)


Attention Attorneys:   eFileTexas.gov has replaced Texas.gov as the eFiling manager for all Texas Courts. Effective Monday, November 25th, 2013 the court will be accepting e-filings only through efiletexas.gov. If you already file through Texas.gov and have selected a service provider, you should contact the provider for any changes to expect when using eFileTexas.gov. If you do not already e-file, please select a service provider to begin the process. Additionally, beginning 11/25/13, the court will no longer accept American Express. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover will continue to be accepted.

Filing Docketing Statements
Please use the Docketing Statement found under “Forms” (in the menu on the right under General Information | Practice Before the Court). After completing the form, in order to create a PDF suitable for electronic filing you must use the Print to PDF feature as follows:

Adobe Acrobat Users:

  • •  When printing, select “Adobe PDF” as your printer destination; you will be prompted to save the file.

If you don't have Adobe Acrobat, free software is available to Print to PDF, examples include:


The Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas was formally opened on September 4, 1893. There was a Chief Justice and two Associate Justices until 1978 (85 years) when three additional Justices were authorized. In 1981, criminal jurisdiction was added and six additional justices. In 1983, an additional justice position was created and the present configuration is 12 Justices and one Chief Justice. Statewide, there are a total of 80 Appellate Court Justices.

TRIAL COURT CLERKS AND REPORTERS. All records, copies of notices of appeal and extension requests in electronic form must be filed via the TAMES Records Submission Portal. You must request an account from the OCA Portal to electronically upload files.

To view or print PDF files you must have the Adobe Acrobat® reader. This software may be obtained without charge from Adobe. Download the reader from the Adobe Web site.

Updated: 14-May-2014

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