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Northern District of Texas

Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief Judge
Karen Mitchell, Clerk of Court

Emergency Filing Procedures

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Emergency filing instructions for system outages (please print these instructions in case of a system outage):


After Hours Emergency: If you think a matter you filed is an emergency that requires judicial review during non-business hours, please email us at or call 214-753-2177 to leave a detailed message. If your matter is a bona fide emergency that requires immediate attention, someone will get back to you as soon as possible. If you have not received a response by 8:30 a.m. on the next business day, please call the divisional office to which your matter relates. Our offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

Please Note: If you email a pleading to be filed in your case:

  1. you must clearly state why you are submitting the document in this manner. 
  2. you must attach your document in Portable Document Format (PDF). For security reasons, PDF files submitted via link to a third-party provider cannot be retrieved.