Procedures for Requesting Case Files
Each division maintains its own case files. Documents may be viewed and/or copied in our office. To locate a case number
or party name for cases filed since 1990 in the Northern District
of Texas, you may search on a public terminal for pending or archived
cases in any divisional office.
Cases opened before 1990 may only be searched through
microfiche records by party name. Each division has a set of microfiche
for the entire district for cases opened from 1981 through 1990.
These party microfiche records are categorized by the type of case
(civil, criminal, miscellaneous) and by division. You may have to
search several sheets of microfiche if you know only the partys
name but not the division or case type. Each division has a set
of party microfiche for its own cases for cases opened
from 1957 through 1981.
If you would like the Clerks Office to perform
a name search, please send a request in writing with a check in the amount of $30.00 (made
payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court). We
will need to know the partys name. Any information about the
case number, year or division where the case was filed will be helpful.
You may mail your request to any divisional
office. Searches go back ten years, unless otherwise requested.
If you need to view or copy a case file that has been
archived, the Clerks Office will give you necessary information
to contact the Federal Records Center (FRC) in Fort Worth (817/831-5620).
Please see Federal Records Center information.
You may make an appointment with the FRC to view a file or ask to
have a pleading faxed or mailed to you. You may also have the Clerk's
Office request the file for viewing (please see Fee Schedule for the applicable fee).