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Searching for Texas Supreme Court M-Case Files in the Texas Digital Archive (TDA)

Please note that not all the Texas Supreme Court records in our collections are available on the TDA. We are in the process of digitizing the M case files, dated 1843-1892. Later case files are not available on the TDA at this time. For records that have not been added, please contact us using the “Need help?” link and include information about the case such as the party names, date filed, and case number if known.

Searching the TDA only by the style of the case or a single party name will not always retrieve the desired case file. The instructions on this page will guide you through the steps to locate information about an M-case file and conduct a successful search of the TDA.

Supreme Court records on the TDA can be accessed here. If you have clicked this link, proceed to the next section: Locating the M Case File Number.

You can also navigate to the Supreme Court records by clicking on “Texas Judiciary” on the TDA main page, shown in Figure 1 below.

arrow pointing to Texas Judiciary icon in the TDA
Figure 1.

Click on the “Supreme Court” icon, then click on "Click here to enter the records" (see Figure 2, below).

screenshot of red arrow pointing to "Click here to enter the records"
Figure 2.

Locating the M Case File Number

To search the TDA for Texas Supreme Court records, you will first want to locate the case number. Before you begin, we suggest using List view to display results. To toggle to List view, click the “List view” icon near the “Sort by” box, shown in Figure 3 below.

circle highlighting the list view sorting option in the TDA
Figure 3.

To locate the case number, click on the “Index and Registers” folder (see Figure 4, below).

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Figure 4.

Indexes can include the names of the parties, the filing date, and citations to published opinions. Select the index for the time period of interest, then select the index range that includes the last name of one of the parties. These indexes are generally arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the party. Scroll through the document for the name(s) of interest. For cases filed between 1840-1892, you will want to locate and make note of the M-case number (see Figure 5, below).

an index card with the M case number circled in red
Figure 5.

Please note that this index may not include all M case files, and not all M case files listed in the index are currently in the custody of the Texas State Archives.

Locating an M Case File in the TDA

Once you have located the M case file number, you will want to navigate to the Texas Supreme Court page again, as shown in Figure 2 above. Then click on the “Case files” folder and “M Case files” (see Figure 6, below).

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Figure 6.

You will see a list of case files (see Figure 7, below).

list of M-case files
Figure 7.

Scroll down to the case file number that you located in the index. Continue scrolling to prompt the page to load additional records.

Note the leading zeroes. For example, M-232 will be listed as M-00232 (see Figure 8, below). Click on the case file number to view the records.

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Figure 8.

Some case files, like M-29 below, may have multiple images associated with the case file (see Figure 9, below). If a court transcript is present, it will typically be the first file, with supplementary documents following. A case may have more than one transcript, so it is useful to review the supplementary documents.

documents within M-00029
Figure 9. This case file has three scanned documents.

You will need to click on each folder to view these separate files. Then click on the file name (see Figure 10 illustrating M-232, below).

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Figure 10.

The scanned case file will appear in a document viewer (see Figure 11, below). Handwritten documents do not have Optical Character Recognition (OCR), so you will not be able to use "find" or "search" functions to locate text within the document.

case file in the document viewer
Figure 11.

Our collection of digitized Texas Supreme Court records is growing. If you don’t find the records you need, please contact us at ref@tsl.texas.gov.

Page last modified: March 1, 2019