Municipal Courts

Public Information Office

Open Records

How to Request Public Information
Welcome to the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department’s Public Information Office. Our office is available to assist you Monday - Friday, 8am -5pm. We are located at 1400 Lubbock Street, Rm 203, Houston, Texas 77002. Questions regarding Public Information Requests may be directed to 713.247.5479.

We have set forth the following tips to help you make a successful Public Information Request:

Written request should include:

  • Defendants full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Texas Drivers License (If available)
  • Citation or Case Number (If available)
  • Include the requestor’s contact information.

Request can only include documents or other information that is already in existence.

Request can be made in one of the following forms:

Online: Complete Court Information Records Request Form

By Mail:  The City of Houston Municipal Courts
Public Information Office
1400 Lubbock St
2nd Floor. Rm# N203
Houston, Texas 77002
Attn: Open Records Department

By Fax:  713.247.4775
The City of Houston Municipal Courts
Public Information Office
Attn: Open Records Department

In Person:  The City of Houston Municipal Courts
Public Information Office
1400 Lubbock St
2nd Floor. Rm# N203
Houston, Texas 77002

Any questions regarding your request may be directed to the Public Information Office by dialing 713-247-5479, Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.

What Requestors Can Expect After a Request is Made

The Public Information Office will "promptly" respond to your request. Requests are generally completed within 10 business days. However, request may exceed the 14 business days depending on the amount of information you have requested.

Completed request can be delivered by:

  • Fax (Non-Certified documents)
  • Email (Non-Certified documents)
  • Mail (Certified and Non-Certified documents)
  • In Person (Certified and Non-Certified documents)

If you have questions or concerns regarding your request you may contact our offices at:

The City of Houston Municipal Courts
Public Information Office
1400 Lubbock, 2nd Floor Office, Rm# N203
Houston, Texas 77002
713.247.5479

If you desire more information regarding Open Records Request with The City of Houston Municipal Courts, you may contact the Public Information Officer:

Gwendolyn Goins at 713.247.5479

Section 552.003(1)(B) of the Government Code excludes the judiciary from the Public Information Act. Section 552.0035 of the Government code specifically provides that access to judicial records is governed by rules adopted by the Supreme Court of Texas or by other applicable laws and rules.

Costs for Public Information Records are regulated by the City of Houston Municipal Code; Houston, Texas, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2 - ADMINISTRATION , ARTICLE IV. - CITY RECORDS, DIVISION 4.- COPIES GENERALLY; Sections 2-96 – 2-100.

For more information regarding Open Records Request you may visit The Texas Attorney Generals website at: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/index.shtml

Cost related to Open Record Request

Type of Request

Cost

Each Additional Page

Certified Letter of Disposition ONLY

$20.00 each

 

Case Details (Certified)

$3.40 (1st page)

$1.70

Certified Copy of Image in System (per case #)

$3.40 (1st page)

$1.70

Non-Certified Copy of Image in System (per case #)

$0.75  each

$0.75

Misc Information Request

Prices May Vary

Contact Open Records for details

* Note: Most requests for Certified Letters of Disposition also require Certified Case Details.