Harris County District Clerk

Harris County District Clerk To provide the Judicial System and the public with information and support in the most technologically advanced methods possible to manage court records.

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12/20/2021

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Due to the recent COVID-19 surge around the county, starting Monday 12-20-21, the Harris County District Clerk’s Office ...
12/19/2021

Due to the recent COVID-19 surge around the county, starting Monday 12-20-21, the Harris County District Clerk’s Office will return to conducting services by appointment only. Please review the poster below to obtain contact information for all our sections and schedule your appointment.

La Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito ha reabierto al público, pero sólo con cita previa. Haga click en el póster para obtener información de contacto para todas nuestras secciones y hacer su cita. #houston #mondaymotivation #harriscounty

Due to the recent COVID-19 surge around the county, starting Monday 12-20-21, the Harris County District Clerk’s Office will return to conducting services by appointment only. Please review the poster below to obtain contact information for all our sections and schedule your appointment.

La Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito ha reabierto al público, pero sólo con cita previa. Haga click en el póster para obtener información de contacto para todas nuestras secciones y hacer su cita. #houston #mondaymotivation #harriscounty

Tomorrow, Saturday December 18, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess will do a live interview on Masala Radio (9...
12/18/2021

Tomorrow, Saturday December 18, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess will do a live interview on Masala Radio (98.7 FM) on the show Indo American News Radio. The interview will air at 4:20 PM.

District Clerk Burgess will talk about how jury service works in Harris County and about the high rate of participation of the Indo-American community.

In addition, she will discuss the electronic summoning system the District Clerk's Office has implemented under her leadership and why Harris County needs juries that are more diverse to better reflect our population.

Tomorrow, Saturday December 18, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess will do a live interview on Masala Radio (98.7 FM) on the show Indo American News Radio. The interview will air at 4:20 PM.

District Clerk Burgess will talk about how jury service works in Harris County and about the high rate of participation of the Indo-American community.

In addition, she will discuss the electronic summoning system the District Clerk's Office has implemented under her leadership and why Harris County needs juries that are more diverse to better reflect our population.

12/17/2021

Our Employee of the Week is Destinee Soliz, Lead Clerk in the 177th District Court. Destinee joined the DCO in 2018 and she was recently promoted to Lead Clerk.

Destinee is known for being a team player and maintaining her composure under pressure. "She displays impeccable teamwork and is always taking time to assist her co-workers," said Kathy Tickle, Supervisor of Criminal District Courts.

Destinee is "knowledgeable of her job and always keeps her cool when in a stressful situation," noted Tickle, while adding that Destinee has excellent customer service skills and is always pleasant to deal.

Join us in congratulating Destinee Soliz for being our Employee of the Week!

Hoy, la Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito del Condado Harris realizó una presentación con profesionales de la comunid...
12/16/2021

Hoy, la Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito del Condado Harris realizó una presentación con profesionales de la comunidad legal. Nuestro equipo de Tecnología de la Información ofreció una presentación muy informativa sobre los más recientes cambios legislativos que impactan a los abogados y los bufetes de abogados, incluyendo los cambios de tarifas que entrarán en efecto el 1 de Enero. También incluimos información sobre cambios que hemos hecho en nuestro sitio web para hacerlo más fácil de usar. ¡El nivel de asistencia fue excelente con cientos de abogados participando via Zoom!

Hoy, la Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito del Condado Harris realizó una presentación con profesionales de la comunidad legal. Nuestro equipo de Tecnología de la Información ofreció una presentación muy informativa sobre los más recientes cambios legislativos que impactan a los abogados y los bufetes de abogados, incluyendo los cambios de tarifas que entrarán en efecto el 1 de Enero. También incluimos información sobre cambios que hemos hecho en nuestro sitio web para hacerlo más fácil de usar. ¡El nivel de asistencia fue excelente con cientos de abogados participando via Zoom!

Today, the Harris County District Clerk's Office had a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation with professionals ...
12/16/2021

Today, the Harris County District Clerk's Office had a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation with professionals from the legal community. Our IT team delivered a very informative presentation on the latest legislative changes that are impacting lawyers and law firms, including all the fee changes that will go into effect January 1st. We also included information on changes we have made on our website to make it more user-friendly. The turnout was excellent with some professionals attending in person and hundreds participating via Zoom!

Today, the Harris County District Clerk's Office had a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation with professionals from the legal community. Our IT team delivered a very informative presentation on the latest legislative changes that are impacting lawyers and law firms, including all the fee changes that will go into effect January 1st. We also included information on changes we have made on our website to make it more user-friendly. The turnout was excellent with some professionals attending in person and hundreds participating via Zoom!

If you’re representing yourself (a Pro Se filer), you can skip the security line and submit your filings through our 24 ...
12/15/2021

If you’re representing yourself (a Pro Se filer), you can skip the security line and submit your filings through our 24 hour Civil Dropbox located outside at the front of the Civil Courthouse.

If you’re representing yourself (a Pro Se filer), you can skip the security line and submit your filings through our 24 hour Civil Dropbox located outside at the front of the Civil Courthouse.

12/14/2021

Our team at Canal St. has the Sock-mas Spirit !

12/10/2021

Our Employee of the Week comes from the Family Courts. she is Dawn Hutchings, Lead Court Clerk at the 312th Family Court.

Dawn was recently awarded the 2021 Award for Professionalism from the Family Law Division of the Houston Bar Association.

Congratulations Dawn!

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12/10/2021

Need to pay your court fees? Do it from the comfort of your home.

Need to pay your court fees? Do it from the comfort of your home.

Do you have everything ready for your passport application?
12/06/2021

Do you have everything ready for your passport application?

Do you have everything ready for your passport application?

12/06/2021
Stand For Justice: The Honorable Judge Kelli Johnson

In this video, we hear from the Honorable Judge Kelli Johnson, who presides over the 178th Criminal 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. Your civic duty truly makes a difference. Please, answer your call to serve the next time you receive a summons in the mail.#CriminalJustice #juryduty

12/03/2021

This week, we are happy to recognize the DCO team members who worked tirelessly to organize, prep, set-up and take down for the G. Thomas Munsterman Award Ceremony on Thursday, December 2. Their collective effort ensured our event was an absolute success!

Hoy, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, recibió el prestigioso premio G. Thomas Munsterman de I...
12/03/2021

Hoy, Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, recibió el prestigioso premio G. Thomas Munsterman de Innovación de Jurados. El Centro Nacional para Cortes Estatales (NCSC, por sus siglas en inglés) otorga el premio cada año.

Paula Hannaford, Directora del Centro para Estudios de Jurados –que es parte del NCSC–, le dio el premio a la Señora Burgess y destacó cómo ha implementado con éxito el sistema electrónico de convocatoria de jurados e-Juror y cómo ha conseguido también que los jurados del Condado Harris tengan estacionamiento, café y almuerzo gratuito.

El NCSC también ha distinguido a la Sra. Burgess por realizar una campaña de concienciación para promocionar la participación en el servicio de jurado y por pedir un aumento del salario de los jurados para mejorar los índices de participación e incrementar la diversidad en los jurados del Condado Harris.

Varios cargos electos asistieron a la ceremonia incluyendo a la Fiscal de Distrito Kim Ogg; el Alguacil del Condado Harris Ed Gonzalez; la Secretaria del Condado Teneshia Hudspeth; y el Alguacil del Precinto 1 Alan Rosen. Varios destacados miembros de la comunidad judicial también asistieron al evento, incluyendo la Jueza Kristen Hawkins; el Juez Robert Schaffer; y la Jueza Cheryl Elliott Thornton.

Today, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess received the prestigious G. Thomas Munsterman Award on Jury Innovati...
12/03/2021

Today, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess received the prestigious G. Thomas Munsterman Award on Jury Innovation during a ceremony held at the downtown Jury Assembly Building. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) gives the award annually.

Paula Hannaford, Director of the Center for Jury Studies --which is part of the NCSC--, presented District Clerk Burgess with the award and she noted how Ms. Burgess has successfully implemented the electronic juror summoning system e-Juror and has gotten free parking, coffee and lunch for Harris County jurors. The NCSC has also distinguished Ms. Burgess for launching an outreach campaign to promote participation in jury service and for advocating for a juror pay increase to improve appearance rates and increase diversity in Harris County juries.

Several elected officials attended the ceremony, including Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg; Sheriff Ed Gonzalez; County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth; and Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen. Distinguished members of the judiciary were also in attendance, including Judge Kristen Hawkins; Judge Robert Schaffer; and Judge Cheryl Elliott Thornton.

12/02/2021

Today District Clerk Marilyn Burgess is being recognized for winning the prestigious G. Thomas Munsterman National Award for Jury Innovation.

Throughout the pandemic, District Clerk Burgess has been hard at work collaborating with different county partners to provide Harris County jurors with an easy online way to register for jury service. This allows our office to plan better and utilize the jurors that appear more efficiently. District Clerk Burgess has also collaborated with Commissioners Court and other county partners to provide jurors free parking, free coffee, and meal vouchers on their day of service.

If you’re representing yourself (a Pro Se filer), you can skip the security line and submit your filings through our 24 ...
12/01/2021

If you’re representing yourself (a Pro Se filer), you can skip the security line and submit your filings through our 24 hour Civil Dropbox located outside at the front of the Civil Courthouse.

If you’re representing yourself (a Pro Se filer), you can skip the security line and submit your filings through our 24 hour Civil Dropbox located outside at the front of the Civil Courthouse.

Today District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was honored with a Resolution from the County Commissioners Court recognizing her f...
11/30/2021

Today District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was honored with a Resolution from the County Commissioners Court recognizing her for winning the prestigious G. Thomas Munsterman National Award for #JuryInnovation. The National Center for State Courts bestows the award each year.

Throughout the pandemic, District Clerk Burgess has been hard at work collaborating with different county partners to provide Harris County jurors with an easy online way to register for jury service. This allows our office to plan better and utilize the jurors that appear more efficiently. District Clerk Burgess has also collaborated with Commissioners Court and other county partners to provide jurors free parking, free coffee, and meal vouchers on their day of service.

Today District Clerk Marilyn Burgess was honored with a Resolution from the County Commissioners Court recognizing her for winning the prestigious G. Thomas Munsterman National Award for #JuryInnovation. The National Center for State Courts bestows the award each year.

Throughout the pandemic, District Clerk Burgess has been hard at work collaborating with different county partners to provide Harris County jurors with an easy online way to register for jury service. This allows our office to plan better and utilize the jurors that appear more efficiently. District Clerk Burgess has also collaborated with Commissioners Court and other county partners to provide jurors free parking, free coffee, and meal vouchers on their day of service.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Harris County is currently at the Yellow (Moderate) level in the COVID-19 threat classification....
11/29/2021

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Harris County is currently at the Yellow (Moderate) level in the COVID-19 threat classification. The District Clerk's Office is fully open to the public. Appointments are not necessary at this time but, for your convenience, you can check this poster to obtain contact information for all our sections.

ANNUNCIO IMPORTANTE: El Condado Harris está actualmente en el nivel Amarillo (Moderado) en la clasificación de amenaza del COVID-19. La Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito está abierta al público. No es necesario hacer una cita pero, para su conveniencia, usted puede revisar este póster para obtener información de contacto de todas nuestras secciones.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Harris County is currently at the Yellow (Moderate) level in the COVID-19 threat classification. The District Clerk's Office is fully open to the public. Appointments are not necessary at this time but, for your convenience, you can check this poster to obtain contact information for all our sections.

ANNUNCIO IMPORTANTE: El Condado Harris está actualmente en el nivel Amarillo (Moderado) en la clasificación de amenaza del COVID-19. La Oficina de la Secretaría de Distrito está abierta al público. No es necesario hacer una cita pero, para su conveniencia, usted puede revisar este póster para obtener información de contacto de todas nuestras secciones.

Need to pay your court fees? Do it from the comfort of your home.
11/29/2021

Need to pay your court fees? Do it from the comfort of your home.

Need to pay your court fees? Do it from the comfort of your home.

The pandemic showed a lot of us the value on coming together and being thankful for our loved ones. The District Clerk's...
11/26/2021

The pandemic showed a lot of us the value on coming together and being thankful for our loved ones. The District Clerk's office would like to wish you and your family a happy and fullfulling #Thanksgiving holiday.

The pandemic showed a lot of us the value on coming together and being thankful for our loved ones. The District Clerk's office would like to wish you and your family a happy and fullfulling #Thanksgiving holiday.

Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, desea a toda la comunidad un ¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias...
11/25/2021

Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, desea a toda la comunidad un ¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Aunque el desfile fue cancelado este año en el último momento, la Sra. Burgess participó en las festividades previas y saludó a miembros de la comunidad, así como a cargos electos, VIPs locales, miembros del cuerpo de policía y bomberos, animadoras e, incluso, a los súper héroes Shazam, Mujer Maravilla, Batman y Superman.

El desfile incluía también un gigantesco y súper elaborado float de un diplodocus.

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess wishes everybody a Happy Thanksgiving! Although the downtown parade was ult...
11/25/2021

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess wishes everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!

Although the downtown parade was ultimately cancelled this year, Ms. Burgess did participate in the festivities prior to the parade and had the chance to greet members of the community, as well as elected officials, local VIPs, first responders, cheerleaders, and even superheroes such as Shazam, Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman!

The parade also had a super cool and gigantic diplodocus float.

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess and the entire DCO Team wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving! / Marilyn Burg...
11/25/2021

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess and the entire DCO Team wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving! / Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, y el equipo del DCO desean a toda la comunidad un ¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess and the entire DCO Team wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving! / Marilyn Burgess, Secretaria de Distrito del Condado Harris, y el equipo del DCO desean a toda la comunidad un ¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

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11/22/2021

Help is just a click away! Visit our website and click on the banner to access our contact sheet.

Help is just a click away! Visit our website and click on the banner to access our contact sheet.

11/19/2021

Our Employee of the Week comes from our Records Center -- She is Elizabeth Benitez, a DCO Closed Records Clerk.

A customer recently complimented Elizabeth for her outstanding customer service. He wrote, "Thank you so much for your excellent customer service and help today! i certainly appreciate your time and efforts." "You set a great example and deserve recognition for it. thank you!,” the customer added.

Elizabeth is known for providing outstanding customer service to online and walk-in customers.

"Elizabeth has a positive attitude and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the customer’s needs are met," said Carl Martin, Closed Records Supervisor.

Elizabeth has been working for the Harris County District Clerk’s Office in the Closed Records Department for exactly 11 months! She started last January 19, 2021.

Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth for a job well done!

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General information

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 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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District Clerk Marilyn Burgess received the G. Thomas Munsterman award in a ceremony attended by several elected officials yesterday, December 2, 2021. Harris County District Clerk
Congratulations to Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess and the entire DCO Team for their improvements in jury procedures. Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of NCSC’s Center for Jury Studies, praised Burgess’ innovative accomplishments. “Burgess has made a significant impact with jury utilization in Harris County, Texas. She has found a way to make the process more convenient and efficient, reducing the burden of the county’s constituents,” Hannaford-Agor said. “She’s also gotten a lot of media attention for her efforts, including the need to increase juror pay.” Read more: http://ow.ly/lOnz50GEe0C. (📸: Harris County District Clerk's Office)
Absolutely disgusting the way your potential jurors are treated.
Thank you for your commitment to serving Harris County Marilyn Burgess Harris County District Clerk. Check out what’s new Harris County District Clerk Office and Jury Service. More info 👇🏾
Today, Constable Alan Rosen, Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioners Court and other county officials participated in the Jury Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess. Office of Constable Alan Rosen, Harris County Constable Precinct 1 is committed to protecting and securing the Jury Assembly Complex. Four years ago, Hurricane Harvey destroyed the previous facility, and since then our staff has been instrumental in the coordination of the temporary jury assembly operation at NRG Park. We look forward to reopening this new and improved facility in the near future.
Your website is not working....again. No access to kiosk in the courthouse.
Need to file court paperwork with the Harris County District Clerk? Their dropbox outside the Civil Courthouse is available 24 hours.
My name is Amy Jo Johnson my kids father Jason David frank is a dead beat dad he has done nothing for me or his kids I need help his wife is also pregnant I am pregnant I live in Toronto Canada and he lives in Kingwood Texas I have two kids a twelve year old daughter Francesca a five year old son Jason Jr and our third child is due in August he has not paid any child support since they were born out daughter Francesca was born in 2008 our son Jason Jr was born in 2015 and our third child will born this year here is my number if you can help me 3479959384 and his number is 2482245360
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!
For this week's #TuesdayTip before you hear wedding🔔bells make sure both "applicants" have been divorced for the #REQUIRED 30 days before applying for a #Marriage License. BONUS TIP: Divorce is a service the Harris County District Clerk handles, so go there before you head over to us.
What is going on with the clerk's website? I can't log on and have been trying for hours.
Harris County District Clerk has launched a countywide survey about jury service. The goal is to learn more about which factors motivate Harris County residents to serve as jurors and, more importantly, which barriers prevent them from doing so. Please help our county by completing this survey online at www.jurysurveyharris.com.