Filing Without an Attorney

Electronic Filing

This electronic dropbox is to be used by filers who:

  • Are not authorized to file electronically,
  • Are attempting to file pleadings in a sealed matter,
  • Are attempting to file pleadings on our list of events that should not be filed electronically,
  • Are directed by the court to file using this program.

This dropbox is not to be used by filers who:

  • Are authorized to file electronically but are experiencing technical difficulties, unless directed by the court,
  • Are attorneys not admitted to practice in The Western District of Texas,
All pleadings must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure and the Local Court Rules.

Service of pleadings filed in the drop box must be performed by the filing party.

Filing documents containing frivolous or malicious content will not be allowed.

The filer must include contact information for the court, should it be needed. This should consist of both an email address and phone number.

For pro se filers needing to open a new cause of action in The Western District of Texas, please follow these instructions:

  1. Submit complaint, and civil cover sheet, in the dropbox.
  2. Clerk’s office staff will open the civil case and respond back to you with the assigned case number.
  3. Filer will enter complaint on the docket of the assigned case, using the event prescribed by the Clerk’s Office staff.
  4. Filing fee MUST BE PAID at the time of submitting the complaint, by entering credit card information when prompted. If paying by check, you must file using USPS, Fed Ex, etc. If submitting a request for proceeding in forma pauperis, alternative instructions will be provided.

Please direct all questions to the CM/ECF help desk email: or visit our website, for more information.