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This week, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess attended the 2021 Fall Conference organized by the County and Di...
09/11/2021

This week, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess attended the 2021 Fall Conference organized by the County and District Clerks' Association of Texas (CDCAT). Along with Ms. Burgess, Tracy Hopper, IT Administrator at the Harris County District Clerk's Office, and Angie Dozier, Manager of Civil, Family, Juvenile and IV-D Courts, also participated in the conference, which had very interesting sessions on topics such as expunctions, judgments, and non disclosure of criminal records.

Esta semana, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, asistió a la Conferencia de Otoño 2021 organizada por la Asociación de Secretarías de Distrito y Condado de Texas (CDCAT, por sus siglas en inglés). Junto a la Sra. Burgess, Tracy Hopper, Administradora de IT de nuestra Oficina de Secretaría de Distrito, y Angie Dozier, Manager de Cortes Civiles, Familiares, Juveniles y IV-D, también participaron en la conferencia, la cual incluyó interesantes sesiones sobre temas como expunciones, enjuiciamientos y confidencialidad de récords criminales.

This week, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess attended the 2021 Fall Conference organized by the County and District Clerks' Association of Texas (CDCAT). Along with Ms. Burgess, Tracy Hopper, IT Administrator at the Harris County District Clerk's Office, and Angie Dozier, Manager of Civil, Family, Juvenile and IV-D Courts, also participated in the conference, which had very interesting sessions on topics such as expunctions, judgments, and non disclosure of criminal records.

Esta semana, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, asistió a la Conferencia de Otoño 2021 organizada por la Asociación de Secretarías de Distrito y Condado de Texas (CDCAT, por sus siglas en inglés). Junto a la Sra. Burgess, Tracy Hopper, Administradora de IT de nuestra Oficina de Secretaría de Distrito, y Angie Dozier, Manager de Cortes Civiles, Familiares, Juveniles y IV-D, también participaron en la conferencia, la cual incluyó interesantes sesiones sobre temas como expunciones, enjuiciamientos y confidencialidad de récords criminales.

Today, in Houston, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess attended a very moving commemoration of the 20th anniver...
09/11/2021

Today, in Houston, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess attended a very moving commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. These transcendental events changed America, but also made us stronger and more united than ever. Ms. Burgess attended the ceremony organized by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner along with other elected officials, such as U.S. Representatives Sylvia Garcia and Lizzie Fletcher; Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo; and Texas State Representatives Ann Johnson and Christina Morales, among other dignitaries.

Hoy, en Houston, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, asistió a una emocionante conmemoración del 20 aniversario de los ataques del 9/11. Estos trascendentales eventos cambiaron América, pero también nos hicieron más fuertes y nos unieron más que nunca. La Sra. Burgess asistió a la ceremonia organizada por el Alcalde de Houston Sylvester Turner junto con otros cargos electos como las congresistas Sylvia Garcia y Lizzie Fletcher; la Jueza del Condado Harris Lina Hidalgo; y las Representantes Estatales Ann Johnson y Christina Morales, entre otros dignatarios.

09/11/2021

Today, in Houston, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess attended a very moving commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She recorded this testimonial after the emotional ceremony.

Hoy, en Houston, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris asistió a una conmovedora conmemoración de los ataques del 9/11. Después de la emocionante ceremonia, grabó este testimonio.

This year, our country marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. These terrible attacks changed our nation, but also proved to...
09/11/2021

This year, our country marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. These terrible attacks changed our nation, but also proved to the world our bravery, resilience, and unity. Let us always remember, pay our respects to the victims, and show our appreciation to the first responders and to the brave men and women who defend our freedom.

Este año, nuestro país conmemora el 20 aniversario del 9/11. Estos terribles ataques cambiaron nuestra nación, pero también demostraron al mundo nuestra valentía, resistencia y unidad. Recordémoslo siempre, honremos la memoria de las víctimas y mostremos nuestro agradecimiento a nuestro personal de respuesta a emergencias y a los hombres y mujeres que defienden nuestra libertad.

This year, our country marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. These terrible attacks changed our nation, but also proved to the world our bravery, resilience, and unity. Let us always remember, pay our respects to the victims, and show our appreciation to the first responders and to the brave men and women who defend our freedom.

Este año, nuestro país conmemora el 20 aniversario del 9/11. Estos terribles ataques cambiaron nuestra nación, pero también demostraron al mundo nuestra valentía, resistencia y unidad. Recordémoslo siempre, honremos la memoria de las víctimas y mostremos nuestro agradecimiento a nuestro personal de respuesta a emergencias y a los hombres y mujeres que defienden nuestra libertad.

09/10/2021

DCO Human Resources Coordinator Diana Silva is our Employee of the Week.

Diana has been with the DCO since January 2020 and has become one of HR's experts on the Shared Technology & Reporting System (STARS). "Diana is very knowledgeable. If there’s something she doesn’t know, she’ll find the answer," said HR Manager Irene Escobedo.

While keeping up with her multiple tasks, Diana is also training on Payroll and FMLA protocols.

"Diana is always available and willing to help others with their assignments," added Escobedo.

"Diana is a definite asset to human resources. She strives to learn and always looks for ways to streamline our processes. Working with her is a pleasure," said HR Supervisor Judy Martinez.

09/08/2021

Ms. Burgess and the team are ready for the 4th Annual CDCAT conference! #readytolearn #dco

Happy Labor Day! / ¡Feliz Día del Trabajo!
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day! / ¡Feliz Día del Trabajo!

Happy Labor Day! / ¡Feliz Día del Trabajo!

09/03/2021

Bobby Tapia is a Senior Clerk with the DCO’s Office Services team, which he joined just a few months ago from the Criminal Post Trial section.
“As the newest member of our Office Services team, Bobby Tapia is an absolute joy to work with. We’re constantly receiving praise from our customers and DCO colleagues, including our very own District Clerk Ms. Burgess, on his work ethic and can-do attitude,” said Rafael Polina, Supervisor of Office Services – Mailroom/Inventory Control.
“Bobby has a very charismatic personality and is always eager to provide the best customer service possible. He’s fit right in with the team and we’re excited for what’s to come,” Polina added.
“Bobby performed an outstanding job this week when he tackled the mailing operation for a big event the Communications team is working on. It’s great to have him as a DCO team member because he is dependable, thorough, and enthusiastic,” noted Public Information Officer Al Ortiz.

09/02/2021

District Clerk Marilyn Burgess is currently attending the TAC Legislative Conference hosted by the Texas Association of Counties. By exchanging information with District Clerks for other counties, can stay up to date with the latest trends and develop new solutions to common place problems. #dco

Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, está asistiendo a la Conferencia Legislativa de 2021 organiz...
09/02/2021

Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, está asistiendo a la Conferencia Legislativa de 2021 organizada por la Asociación de Condados de Texas (TAC) en #Austin. Este evento es esencial para informarse sobre nuevas leyes que la Legislatura de #Texas aprobó durante la 87 sesión legislativa y que impactan el trabajo de los Secretarios de Distrito en nuestro estado. #TACLege21

Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, está asistiendo a la Conferencia Legislativa de 2021 organizada por la Asociación de Condados de Texas (TAC) en #Austin. Este evento es esencial para informarse sobre nuevas leyes que la Legislatura de #Texas aprobó durante la 87 sesión legislativa y que impactan el trabajo de los Secretarios de Distrito en nuestro estado. #TACLege21

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess is attending the #2021 Legislative Conference organized by the Texas Associ...
09/02/2021

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess is attending the #2021 Legislative Conference organized by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) in #Austin. This event is essential to learn important information about new laws the #Texas Legislature passed in the 87th Legislative Session and that impact the work of #District #Clerks in our state. #TACLege21

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess is attending the #2021 Legislative Conference organized by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) in #Austin. This event is essential to learn important information about new laws the #Texas Legislature passed in the 87th Legislative Session and that impact the work of #District #Clerks in our state. #TACLege21

09/02/2021

Ever wondered how we retrieve old documents that are not available on the website? Watch this short behind the scenes clip of our team at the Records Center processing a roll of film containing old un-imaged documents. #dco #harriscounty

09/01/2021
Stand For Justice: The Honorable Judge Tanya Garrison

In this video, we hear from the Honorable Judge Tanya Garrison, who presides the 157th Civil District Court. These videos are part of our “Stand for Justice” campaign. As you know, jury service plays a crucial role in our justice system and is a civic duty that makes a difference. Please, answer your call to serve the next time you receive a summons.

To learn more about Jury Service in Harris County, please visit: https://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/jury/juror.html#!#getprepared

The District Clerk's Office website now offers Google Translate. With this tool, you can now translate all our online co...
08/30/2021

The District Clerk's Office website now offers Google Translate. With this tool, you can now translate all our online content to Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and many other languages. We hope this will be a very useful resource for all Harris County residents.

El sitio web de la Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito ahora ofrece Google Translate. Con esta herramienta, usted puede ahora traducir todo nuestro contenido en línea a Español, Chino, Vietnamita y muchos otros idiomas. Esperamos que esta sea un recurso muy útil para todos los residentes del Condado Harris.

The District Clerk's Office website now offers Google Translate. With this tool, you can now translate all our online content to Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and many other languages. We hope this will be a very useful resource for all Harris County residents.

El sitio web de la Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito ahora ofrece Google Translate. Con esta herramienta, usted puede ahora traducir todo nuestro contenido en línea a Español, Chino, Vietnamita y muchos otros idiomas. Esperamos que esta sea un recurso muy útil para todos los residentes del Condado Harris.

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was proud to attend the annual “Women Making History” Awards Luncheon organ...
08/28/2021

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was proud to attend the annual “Women Making History” Awards Luncheon organized by the Texas Democratic Women. This year, the honorees include Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston City Council Member Letitia Plummer.

Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, estuvo orgullosa de asistir al almuerzo anual de los premios #WomenMakingHistory organizado por #TDWHarris. Este año, dos de las mujeres reconocidas son @HarrisCoJudge @LinaHidalgoTX y la Concejala de #Houston @plummer4hou. #Texas

Esta semana, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, se sintió honrada por ser entrevistada por !Que...
08/28/2021

Esta semana, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, se sintió honrada por ser entrevistada por !Que Onda Magazine! para hablar sobre la nueva campaña de concienciación sobre el servicio de #jurado que nuestra Oficina ha lanzado este verano. Servir como jurado es un importante deber cívico para todos los estadounidenses.

Esta semana, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, se sintió honrada por ser entrevistada por !Que Onda Magazine! para hablar sobre la nueva campaña de concienciación sobre el servicio de #jurado que nuestra Oficina ha lanzado este verano. Servir como jurado es un importante deber cívico para todos los estadounidenses.

This week, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was thrilled to be interviewed by !Que Onda Magazine! to talk ab...
08/28/2021

This week, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was thrilled to be interviewed by !Que Onda Magazine! to talk about the new #jury service awareness campaign the District Clerk’s Office has launched this summer. Answering your call to serve as a juror is an important civic duty for all Americans. #Houston #Texas

This week, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was thrilled to be interviewed by !Que Onda Magazine! to talk about the new #jury service awareness campaign the District Clerk’s Office has launched this summer. Answering your call to serve as a juror is an important civic duty for all Americans. #Houston #Texas

08/27/2021

Billing Clerk Magdalena Cantu is our Employee of the Week. Magdalena assists customers scheduled for passport appointments. After she wraps up appointments with her own customers, she helps her colleagues with theirs, rather than leaving any customer waiting.
"Magdalena also contributes to the Notice to Employer process. She accepts eFilings and ensures Income Withholding Orders are mailed in a timely fashion. Great job Maggie! Keep up the awesome teamwork!,” says Billing Supervisor Racheal Lucio.

Hoy, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, asistió a un evento organizado por The Rotary Club of H...
08/26/2021

Hoy, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, asistió a un evento organizado por The Rotary Club of Houston y habló con los miembros de esta organización sobre el trabajo que hace nuestra oficina y también acerca de nuestra nueva campaña para promocionar el servicio de jurado.

Hoy, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, asistió a un evento organizado por The Rotary Club of Houston y habló con los miembros de esta organización sobre el trabajo que hace nuestra oficina y también acerca de nuestra nueva campaña para promocionar el servicio de jurado.

Today, District Clerk Marilyn Burgess met with Richard Meek, President of The Rotary Club of Houston, and other members ...
08/26/2021

Today, District Clerk Marilyn Burgess met with Richard Meek, President of The Rotary Club of Houston, and other members of the organization to talk about the work our office does and to discuss our recently launched awareness campaign on jury service.

Today, District Clerk Marilyn Burgess met with Richard Meek, President of The Rotary Club of Houston, and other members of the organization to talk about the work our office does and to discuss our recently launched awareness campaign on jury service.

AVISO IMPORTANTE: La Oficina de Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, ha traducido al español todo...
08/25/2021

AVISO IMPORTANTE: La Oficina de Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, ha traducido al español todo el contenido sobre "Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente" (FAQ por su acrónimo en inglés) en nuestro sitio web. Esperamos que esta información sea útil para la comunidad hispanohablante del Condado Harris. Para acceder a este contenido, hagan click en la pestaña "About Us" en nuestra página de inicio y seleccionen "FAQs (Español)".

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Office of Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess has translated to Spanish all the content of the "Frequently Asked Questions" section posted on our website. We hope this information will be very useful for Harris County's Spanish-speaking community. To access this content, click on the "About Us" tab on our homepage and select "FAQs (Español)".

AVISO IMPORTANTE: La Oficina de Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, ha traducido al español todo el contenido sobre "Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente" (FAQ por su acrónimo en inglés) en nuestro sitio web. Esperamos que esta información sea útil para la comunidad hispanohablante del Condado Harris. Para acceder a este contenido, hagan click en la pestaña "About Us" en nuestra página de inicio y seleccionen "FAQs (Español)".

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Office of Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess has translated to Spanish all the content of the "Frequently Asked Questions" section posted on our website. We hope this information will be very useful for Harris County's Spanish-speaking community. To access this content, click on the "About Us" tab on our homepage and select "FAQs (Español)".

We would like to thank the @buffalosoldiermuseum for hosting an event highlighting the history of Camp Logan, which is n...
08/23/2021

We would like to thank the @buffalosoldiermuseum for hosting an event highlighting the history of Camp Logan, which is now Memorial Park. Part of the job of the District Clerk’s Office is to manage and maintain historical court records and documents. When you start to peel back the pages of these local treasures, you often get moments of deep reflection and inspiration. Besides the ill treatment the 24th Infantry Regiment and the black community at large endured during and after the Houston Riot of 1917 at Camp Logan, this tragedy highlights the consequences when we don’t have appropriate representation in our court system. Our records indicate that a County trial for those who stood up to defend the community was conducted, and ultimately their case was dismissed. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there. They received a military court martial, which eventually lead to 19 black soldiers being executed, and 41 being sentenced to life imprisonment.
We encourage everyone to visit our Records Center to view the original court documents of the County trial, and again, we thank the Buffalo Soldiers Museum for their commitment to preserving the history of this case.
#dco

We would like to thank the @buffalosoldiermuseum for hosting an event highlighting the history of Camp Logan, which is now Memorial Park. Part of the job of the District Clerk’s Office is to manage and maintain historical court records and documents. When you start to peel back the pages of these local treasures, you often get moments of deep reflection and inspiration. Besides the ill treatment the 24th Infantry Regiment and the black community at large endured during and after the Houston Riot of 1917 at Camp Logan, this tragedy highlights the consequences when we don’t have appropriate representation in our court system. Our records indicate that a County trial for those who stood up to defend the community was conducted, and ultimately their case was dismissed. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there. They received a military court martial, which eventually lead to 19 black soldiers being executed, and 41 being sentenced to life imprisonment.
We encourage everyone to visit our Records Center to view the original court documents of the County trial, and again, we thank the Buffalo Soldiers Museum for their commitment to preserving the history of this case.
#dco

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Justice could not be serviced without the District Clerk’s Office. Our main purpose is to record the actions and the judgments of the court and transmit orders to the authorities. Such orders include subpoenas, citations, warrants, and jury summons. In addition to court records, the District Clerk’s Office also provides are variety of services for the public. We provide an online database for background checks, court records and other public information. At the Harris County District Clerk’s office, we make it our mission to serve.

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Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
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(832) 927-5800

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The District Clerk’s office records the actions and the judgments of the court; transmits the orders of the court to the authorities responsible for their ex*****on; and assumes all other duties assigned by the presiding judge of a court. The District Clerk’s office “makes justice happen.” The District Clerk is elected by Harris County voters for a 4-year term.

A Texas district clerk is a “constitutional officer of county government” found in Article 5, Section 9 of the state’s constitution. The district clerk is the custodian of the “official record of the district courts” and must mark the exact date and time of receipt and issue all papers including subpoenas, citations, warrants, and summons.

Most court records are public information. The district clerk is responsible for managing those records in such a way that they are easily retrieved for public information and preserved for permanent storage in archive or disposed of according to law.

The district clerk also collects and disburses court costs, fines, and other fees. The clerk’s office operates a “trust registry” where funds are deposited on behalf of minors until they are 18 and money that is being disputed in court. The district clerk also provides customer service for all child custody cases heard in Harris County.

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Your website is not working....again. No access to kiosk in the courthouse.
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Your sorry ass system just went down when I have a client in my office with her baby trying to sign plea papers off-site and on-line because the court requires it. THANK YOU for NOTHING. Now we have to figure out how to do it again....another day. I hope YOU have an enjoyable weekend Madam Clerk!
What is going on with the clerk's website? I can't log on and have been trying for hours.
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I honestly and sincerely hope the District Clerk’s Office is re-considering it’s premature and mistaken plan to resume jury duty and jury trials July 1. The huge resurgence of Covid 19 cases in Houston means that such a plan seriously endangers the health and safety of court presonnel, attorneys, and the general public. I sincerely hope this move is delayed until it is safe.
When can we obtain a marriage license again????
HCDC website is down for everyone in our office. Can you advise as to when it will be back up? Thank you.
Now, more than ever, it is imperative that the District Clerk maintain the accessibility of its website, so that attorneys having to notify clients of the court situation can do so effectively. Having this crucial tool for the justice system down on a day like this is unacceptable.
The search our records function on the website isn't working.
I am extremely concerned that I am expected to appear as a prospective juror on Friday, March 13. My job is going to make us work from home to minimize exposure to the corona virus but the county is still holding court. This is not okay. Please make some sort of announcement.
I am attorney of record on a PO case, but due to the confidentiality policy I can only see the Final PO and no other documents. I need to file my Response to Motion for New Trial, but I need to verify certain filing dates within the case. How can I gain access to my own clients file...