The Office of Court Administration, in consultation with the Texas Access to Justice Commission, has created a self-help resources internet website for pro se parties: www.texascourthelp.gov.
At this website, you can obtain information about the following topics
- Groups that can help you find a lawyer
- Places where you can get legal information or do legal research
- Information about forms, legal research, filing a case and getting ready to go to court.
Texas Supreme Court Filing Forms for Self-Represented Litigants
The Appellate Section of the State Bar has prepared Instructions and Templates for Preparing a Petition for Review in the Supreme Court of Texas. These instructions may be used to help you complete an electronic template for a petition for review that can be filled out using Microsoft Word or an electronic template that can be filled out using Adobe Acrobat. Or you can print the handwritten template and use it as a guide for completing a petition for review.
The following forms may also assist you in taking a case to the Texas Supreme Court:
- Motion for Extension of Time to File Petition for Review
- Sample Waiver Letter for Respondent
- Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief
- Request for Inclusion in Pro Bono Program
- Statement of Inability to Afford Court Costs or an Appeal Bond
- Statement of Inability to Afford Court Costs or an Appeal Bond (Spanish)
- Petition for Review Template (Word)
- Petition for Review Template (PDF)
Filing a Petition for Review
Please find forms and instructions for filing a Petition for Review on the Supreme Court of Texas Pro Bono Program page of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section web site or click one of the Word or PDF templates above.
Internal Operating Procedures
The Supreme Court of Texas also publishes an Internal Operating Procedures paper that provides detailed information about the court’s procedures. You may also watch this video that explains the court’s procedures.
If you are not represented by a lawyer, you are not required to file documents with the court electronically—you can file your documents on paper through the mail. Documents filed through the mail are considered filed on the date you place them in the mail. But you may find electronic filing to be more convenient than using the mail. Below are some resources to assist you with registering with the efiling system and creating electronic documents.
- Register to eFile
- TYLA Guide - How to eFile Documents
- Guide to Creating Electronic Appellate Briefs 2014 (Adobe Acrobat 8, 9, X)
- Guide to Creating Electronic Appellate Briefs 2019 (Adobe Acrobat Pro DC)
- Electronic briefs video guide
- E-brief Formatting, an interview with Chief Justice Hecht
- E-brief Formatting, an interview with Justice Boyd
For additional information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section or call the Clerk's Office at (512) 463-1312.