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Honorable Annie Rebecca Elliott, Fort Bend County District Clerk

District Clerk
Fort Bend County, Texas

The Mandatory Efiling Deadline Of January 1, 2014 Has Arrived.
No Attorney-Filed Civil Filings (For Family And Civil Cases) Will Be Accepted By Any Means Other Than Electronic Filing Pursuant To The Supreme Court Mandate Ordered December 11, 2012
(Misc. Docket No. 12-9208).
If You Are Not Prepared, Please Ask Us How We Can Help.

Dear Counsel,


Pursuant to the mandate issued by the Supreme Court of Texas in December 2012, all civil filings are ordered to be filed electronically beginning January 1, 2014 for the 10 largest counties in Texas which includes Fort Bend County.


The mandatory eFiling deadline has arrived. In accordance with the mandate my office is not able to accept any attorney-filed documents for civil and family cases by any means other than eFiIing as of January 1, 2014.


In order to submit efilings via the Office of Court Administration (OCA) filing manager, your firm must choose and register with an Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP) certified by the OCA. Once an EFSP has been chosen, please visit their website for specific instructions/FAQ's.


There are certain business processes specific to the Fort Bend County District Clerk's Office that will need to be followed in order to ensure that your filings are transmitted successfully. The District Clerk | E-Filing Business Process Frequently Asked Questions are available online for your review.


If you have any questions or need further assistance, just give us a call at (281) 633-7630 or (281) 341- 4509. We will be happy to visit your office, assist you through the process and answer any questions you may have along the way.


Your Public Servant,

Annie Rebecca Elliott

District Clerk Group

Mission Statement
Direct business activities to provide first class service to our customers; contribute to the welfare of county government through efficient, cost-effective management; maximize customer satisfaction by meeting customer expectations; maximize employee participation in management decisions; and ensure that we are first class public servants.

About the District Clerk's Office
The District Clerk's Office is an integral part of the function of the district courts as provided by Article 5, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution. The district clerk performs the Constitutional duties as registrar, recorder, and custodian of all court pleadings, instruments, and papers that are part of any legal cause of action in any district court. Fort Bend County Consists of:

  • 6 District Courts
  • 4 Associate Judges
  • Attorney General Court
  • CPS Cluster Court
  • Sanctions Court

The clerk's office is the nerve center of the district courts, the link between the courts and the people, as well as the heart of a large network that provides vital information to other agencies and offices.

One important duty of the clerk is the managing and summoning of jurors for all of the District, County, and Justice Courts, as well as the Grand Jury. Persons are summoned for petit jury service from a computerized tape that consists of the names of registered voters and persons having a Texas Driver License or identification card. Names are randomly selected from the tape and the list is reconstituted every two years.

Case filed and disposed with the District Clerk's Office from January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2013 are as follows:

Civil 7,290 8,575
Family 14,614 15,652
Criminal 6,238 6,056

The District Clerk is a fee officer. The majority of civil legal filings require a fee or the filing of an Affidavit of Inability to Pay. From January 2011 to January 2013, this office collected over $6,826,720.02 in fees. Court costs are collected for other county departments such as the cost for service of process by the sheriff or constables. This office also collects fines levied by the courts in criminal cases.

Fees Collected 2011- 2013

Some of the other ministerial duties that the district clerk performs are:

  • Filing and assigning causes of action in civil, criminal, and family matters, including divorces, name changes, serious personal injury, child support and custody, delinquent taxes, product liability, contracts, real estate, felony indictments, revocations, bond forfeitures, and expunctions;
  • Issuing writs, citations, abstracts of judgment, executions, warrants, restraining orders, temporary orders, show cause orders, and subpoenas;
  • Preparing civil and criminal appeals;
  • Maintaining exhibits;
  • Attending trials;
  • Providing clerical support in courtrooms;
  • Indexing records;
  • Performing background searches;
  • Maintaining permanent court records; and
  • Depositing and maintaining funds paid into the Registry of the Court




Last updated: 1/29/2015 10:03:10 AM