Search for court records online in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (S.D. Tex.) and lookup case information on federal litigation happening in Texas. Get access to the court dockets, court documents, transcripts, and legal data you need on the parties, attorneys, law firms, and judges involved in court cases in the Texas Southern District.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has jurisdiction over 43 counties, 9 million people, and more than 44,000 square miles. It was created in 1902 when President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill dividing Texas into four judicial districts. The Southern District is home to the city of Houston, which is the fourth largest city in the U.S. with more than 2 million people living within the city’s 600 square miles.
The Southern District currently has 19 United States District Judges and 16 United States Magistrate Judges. The Southern District is divided into the following seven divisions: the Brownsville Division, covering Cameron and Willacy counties; the Corpus Christi Division, covering Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, and San Patricio counties; the Galveston Division covers Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, and Matagorda counties; the Houston Division covers Austin, Brazos, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties; the Laredo Division covers Jim Hogg, La Salle, McMullen, Webb, and Zapata counties; the McAllen Division, covering Hidalgo and Starr counties; and the Victoria Division, covering Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio, and Victoria counties.
The S.D. Tex. has courthouse locations in each division. The Brownsville Division is located in the Reynaldo G. Garza-Filemon B. Vela U.S. Courthouse at 600 E. Harrison St., Brownsville, TX 78520, and can be reached by calling (956) 548-2500. The Corpus Christi Division is located in the U.S. Courthouse at 1133 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX 78401, and can be reached by calling (361) 888-3142. The Galveston Division is housed at the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse at 601 Rosenberg, Galveston, TX 77550, and can be reached by calling (409) 766-3562.
The Houston Division is located at the Bob Casey United States Courthouse, 515 Rusk Avenue, Houston, TX 77002, and can be reached by calling (713) 250-5500. The Laredo Division is located at the George P. Kazen Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse at 1300 Victoria St., Laredo, TX 78040, and can be reached by calling (956) 723-3542. The McAllen Division is located in the U.S. Courthouse at 1701 W. Business Hwy 83, McAllen, TX 78501, and can be reached by calling (956) 618-8065. The Victoria Division is housed in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building, 312 S. Main, Room 406, Victoria, Texas 77901, and can be reached by calling (361) 788-5000.
The Clerk of Court is Nathan Ochsner. The Clerk has numerous offices across the Southern District, with one in each division. The Clerk’s Offices can be reached by calling the phone numbers associated with the courthouses mentioned above.
The Chief District Judge is the Hon. Randy Crane, located in the McAllen U.S. District Court. The Chief District Judge’s Judicial Assistant is Julie Kittleman, who can be reached by calling (956) 618-8423 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chief District Judge’s Case Manager is Delia S. Rodriguez, who can be reached at (956) 618-8441 or email@example.com.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas is Alamdar Hamdani, who has been with the Department of Justice since 2008. The U.S. Attorney’s Main Office for the Southern District of Texas is located at 1000 Louisiana, Ste. 2300, Houston, TX 77002. You can reach the U.S. Attorney’s Main Office in Houston by calling (713) 567-9000 or faxing (713) 718-3300.
Locating the court records you need for the Southern District of Texas from the Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, can be costly, challenging, and slow.
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In addition to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, UniCourt gives you access to court records for all of the other U.S. District Courts in Texas, including the Western District of Texas, the Northern District of Texas, and the Eastern District of Texas. UniCourt also provides you with bulk access to all federal court records within Texas, such as cases filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at the John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Beyond federal court records across the State of Texas, UniCourt further provides you with access to Texas state court records for counties in Texas, including Dallas County, Denton County, El Paso County, Fort Bend County, and Harris County.
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Texas Southern District Court
(U.S. District Courts)
Reynaldo G.Garza-Filemon B.Vela United States Courthouse, 600 E. Harrison St., Brownsville, TX 78520, USA