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Eastern District of Texas

Honorable Rodney Gilstrap, Chief Judge
David A. O'Toole, Clerk of Court

  • What case records are available in your office?

    Please Review our Records Section for which case files are available

  • How do I get a transcript?

    See Procedures for Requesting Transcripts. If a transcript is on file in the Clerk’s Office, you may view it in our office if the transcript is within the 90 day period following electronic filing or purchase a copy from the court reporter, or access it via PACER 90 days after it was electronically filed, unless a redacted version was filed (in which case, the same instructions apply for a redacted version).

  • May I retrieve a copy of a sealed document?

    A sealed document is only accessible to the attorney who filed it. An attorney who filed a sealed document must present a picture identification and state bar card to the Clerk's Office before the document will be made accessible to him/her.  If the sealed document was electronically noticed to an attorney or party who can no longer access that document, the clerk can regenerate electronic notice of the document to any recipient authorized to receive a copy.  Call the ECF Help Desk for assistance.

  • How do I obtain a nationwide criminal check?

    An FBI Identification Record, often referred to as a Criminal History Record, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI. If the fingerprints are related to an arrest, the Identification Record includes the name of the agency that submitted the information, the date of arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, if known to the FBI. This includes state and federal charges.

    To find out how to obtain this record, contact the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service at 304-625-5590. For more information, visit the CJIS website at