Inmate Copy Service
Through our Inmate Copy Service, we seek to provide Texas inmates whose court records are held by the Texas Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, or the 3rd Court of Appeals (criminal only) with copies of their trial records at a reasonable cost. The Texas State Law Library does not store case files and does not have access to the records of any other courts. If your case file is not currently stored at, or on appeal at, the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, or the 3rd Court of Appeals, you should contact the clerk at the original trial court or the appropriate court of appeal reviewing your case.
Please note that the Texas State Law Library does not have authorization to copy exhibit files from the 3rd Court of Appeals and the Court of Criminal Appeals. In order to obtain copies of exhibits from these courts, you will need to contact the court directly to file a motion requesting these documents. We cannot facilitate or assist you with this process. You may also contact your trial court directly to obtain copies of exhibits.
The Texas State Law Library will also provide photocopies of state and federal statutes, codes, rules and regulations, and case law that is not listed as available at a TDCJ unit library in the Offender Orientation Handbook (see pp. 91-92 for a listing of unit library holdings). Note that specific citations are required and handwritten letters must be legible for any request to be completed. See fees, pricing, and payment information below.
The Texas State Law Library will not provide any legal advice or interpret any statutes, codes, laws, rules, regulations, case law, or other legal texts. Inmates should consult with their attorney if they require assistance. If they do not have an attorney, the office of the State Counsel for Offenders may be of assistance. Information on how to contact the State Counsel for Offenders is available in the Offender Orientation Handbook.
Obtaining Court Records
To obtain copies of Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, or 3rd Court of Appeals (criminal only) records for an inmate, send a request for specific court documents to:
Inmate Copy Service
State Law Library
P.O. Box 12367
Austin, TX 78711-12367
Please submit the following information:
- Full name and any aliases
- Date of conviction
- County of conviction
- Appeal number
- Complete mailing address
The information submitted must be legible and as complete as possible or fulfillment of your request will be unnecessarily delayed. Due to the high volume of requests we receive and limited staff resources, processing time may take 4 to 6 weeks depending on the nature of the request.
Once we obtain the court records, we will send you an estimate detailing the total number of pages and total cost for photocopying. Photocopies will be mailed to you as soon as we receive payment. Do not submit payment until you have received an estimate. The library is unable to provide free copies to inmates who are indigent.
Please note that we will only copy court records from the Texas Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the 3rd Court of Appeals (criminal only), or select materials from the library's collection at the discretion of library staff.
Fees & Payment
Charges for obtaining photocopies from the State Law Library are as follows:
- 25 cents per page
- 8.25% state sales tax
- service charge (a flat rate of $5 for most orders but this increases depending on the total number of pages copied)
- postage (if applicable)
The quote we send to inmates will itemize these charges and list the total amount due.
Please make cashier's checks, money orders, or inmate trust fund checks payable to the State Law Library. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.