The Eastern District of Texas
Chief Judge: Ron Clark
Clerk of Court: David O'Toole

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The United States District
Clerk's Office for the Eastern District of Texas


Division Offices

Questions related to
Finance and Criminal Debt
(903) 590-1012

Mail Criminal Debt Payments to:
US District Court
Fine and Restitution Section
1910 E SE Loop 323, No. 287
Tyler, TX 75701

If you have an emergency discovery dispute, call the
Discovery Hotline
(903) 590-1198.

Do not call this line for anything other than a discovery dispute.

Court Announcements

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2016 Eastern District of Texas
Bench Bar Conference

The conference has been set for October 19-21 at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano.

2016 Conference Brochure
Online Registration
Eastern District of Texas Bar Association

John Hannah, Jr Award for Public Service

Letter from President of Bar Association
Award Criteria
Nomination Form

Nomination for the John Hannah, Jr Award for Public Service are due on or before September 23rd.

Sherman and Plano
Clerks Office Closure

The Sherman and Plano Clerk's offices will close at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Law Day Art Contest 2017

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1st as Law Day, which is meant to celebrate and strengthen the American heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law.

The Eastern District of Texas Law Day Art Contest will be held April 20, 2017. For Rules, Registration and complete information please visit the Law Day Art Contest Page

Notable Case

A Declaration of Unitary Status and Dismissal and Final Judgment has been entered in the notable case 6:70-cv-5176 United States of America vs Tyler Independent School District.

Visit our Notable case section for more information.

Proposed Amendments for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules and forms for comment:

  1. Appellate Rules 8, 11, 25, 28.1, 29, 31, 39, 41, and Form 4
  2. Bankruptcy Rules 3002.1, 5005, 8002, 8006, 8011, 8013, 8015, 8016, 8017, new Rule 8018.1, 8022, 8023, and new Part VIII Appendix; and Official Forms 309F, 417A, 417C, 425A, 425B, 425C, and 426
  3. Civil Rules 5, 23, 62, and 65.1
  4. Criminal Rules 12.4, 45, and 49

View information about the proposed amendments here:

The comment period runs from August 12, 2016, through February 15, 2017

Public Notice Regarding Cash Payment Policy

Effective February 1, 2016, the Clerk's Office will no longer accept cash as a form of payment at any office within the Eastern District of Texas. Beaumont and Tyler offices will accept cash payments through January 29, 2016.

View the Public Notice

Regarding: Civil Action 1:10-CV-51

In the Matter of the Complaint of AET Inc Limited as Owner and AET Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte LTD as Manager of the M/V Eagle Otome for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability

Civil Action No 1:10-CV-51

List of Claimants Dismissed

Instructions, Affidavit, and Form for Filing a Late Claim Re: January 23, 2010 Port Arthur Oil Spill, Case No. 1:10-cv-51 Format: PDF

Claimants in Excel Format

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Electronic Filing

E-filing Notices

Instructions to Appeal to USCA in a Bankruptcy Case

Instructions to Appeal to USCA in a Bankruptcy Case have been amended to require the appellant/appellee(s) to provide the designated portion of the bankruptcy record as attachments to their electronically filed designation of record.
Instructions to Appeal to USCA in a Bankruptcy Case

Audio Transcripts

To request Audio Transcripts, please use form AO436, Also located in our Transcripts Section.

Tyler Drop Box

The Drop Box location in Tyler is no longer available. Please use CM/ECF or file your paperwork at the Clerk's Desk inside the courthouse.

Duty to Keep CM/ECF Account Information Current

Per Local Rule CV-5(a)(2)(A), it is the attorney's responsibility to keep their account information, including the email address, current in CM/ECF.

If you are not receiving Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs) e-mails in your Texas Eastern cases and you think you should be, please update the e-mail address in your CM/ECF account. To do this please follow these instructions: Maintaining Your CM/ECF Account

Local Rule CV-5(a)(2)(A)(i) was abolished by General Order 12-6 in late February 2012. The clerk's office will no longer monitor and remedy "bounce-back" e-mails when a filed document is sent to an attorney in CM/ECF.

Megabyte Limit Increase

The megabyte limit for filing documents in CM/ECF has been increased from 5 megabytes to 15 megabytes. The Eastern District local rules are currently being updated to reflect this change. It is recommended that scanned documents be set to a resolution of 300 dpi.