How to Look Up a Case in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Whether you want to find information about your own case or another one in the Texas Court of Appeals, then you can take the following steps to find it.
Step 1: Go to the Texas Judicial Branch Website.
First, navigate to the Texas Judicial Branch webpage. It can be found at the following link: https://www.txcourts.gov/
Step 2: Click on the Courts Tab and Select Court of Criminal Appeals.
At the top of the Texas Judicial Branch homepage, you will see tabs. Select the tab that says “Courts” and has an arrow pointing down. A dropdown menu will appear. Select “Court of Criminal Appeals” from that menu.
Step 3: You Will Be Taken to the Court of Criminal Appeals Homepage.
When you click on the appropriate menu item from the Courts tab, you will be taken to the Court of Criminal Appeals homepage. The direct link can be found here: https://www.txcourts.gov/cca/
Step 4: Scroll Down to the Case Information Box and Select Case Search.
Scroll about halfway down the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals homepage and find the “Case Information” box. If you are using a desktop computer, you will see an image of court justices dressed in black robes to the right. If you are using a phone, the box should appear above the picture of the judges.
Select “Case Search.”
Step 5. You Will be Taken to the Court of Criminal Appeals Case Search Page.
When you select Case Search from the Court of Appeals page, you will be taken to a separate page that will allow you to enter the characteristics of the case you want to find. The URL for the Case Search webpage is as follows: https://search.txcourts.gov/CaseSearch.aspx?coa=cossup&s=c
Step 6: How to Search
On the Case Search page, you should select either “Case Search” or “Document Search.” If you are only looking for a specific document that has been filed in a case, then you might select Document Search. However, for most purposes, you should select Case Search.
Enter as much information as you have about the case, including:
- Case No. or Partial Case No.
- Whether you want to exclude inactive cases
- Whether you want to search civil, criminal, or both case types
- Style (or name of the case — Party Name v. Party Name)
- Date Filed (you can use a date range if you are unsure)
- Attorney or Bar No. of the Attorney
- Trial Court Case No.
- Originating Court of Appeal (COA)
- Trial Court County
- Trial Court
Once you have entered this information, click on the “Search” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 7: Selecting Your Case
From the Search Results, you will see a list of cases that match the characteristics you put into the search box above. The following information will describe each case in the search results:
- Case Number
- Date Filed
- Case Type
- COA Case Number
- Trial Court Case Number
- Trial Court County
- Trial Court
- Appellate Court
Then, you can either click on the Case Number or the COA Case Number to open a new page to review information about the case and see what has been filed in the case.
Step 8: Reviewing Information About Your Case
Once you select the case you want to review, you will be taken to a page with information about that case specifically. There will be boxes on that page with the following information:
- Appellate Briefs
- Case Events
- Court of Appeals Information
- Trial Court Information
Any box that has documents listed inside of it should have blue links to the right where you can select the document and see it in PDF format.
Contact Spolin Law P.C. If You Have Questions
Spolin Law P.C. practices appellate law throughout Texas. If you have questions about how to find your case or how you should proceed with an appeal, give our experienced Texas criminal appeals lawyers a call. We can be reached at (310) 424-5816.