Effective January 1, 2016
Pursuant to H.B. No. 2182 the Jury Fee will increase to $40.00 on both Civil and Criminal collections.
Criminal Jury Fee will change from $20.00 to $40.00
SECTION 2. Article 102004 (a), Code of Criminal Procedure
Civil Jury Fee will change from $30.00 to $40.00
SECTION 5. Section 51.604 (a), Government Code
Annie Rebecca Elliott
Attorneys and Pro Se Litigants
With the creation of the 505th District Court and in compliance with an Order from the Administrative Judge for the District Courts dated August 28, 2015; effective September 1, 2015 the 505th District Court will be randomly assigned 1/3 of pending and disposed family cases from the 328th District Court and 1/3 of pending and disposed family cases from the 387th District Court.
Please be aware that you will need to confirm the court with jurisdiction of your case(s) using the District Clerk’s online case search http://tylerpaw.co.fort-bend.tx.us/default.aspx.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 281-633-7630 or 281-341-4509.
Your Public Servant,
Annie Rebecca Elliott
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:
- 7 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, 2013 to January 1, 2015 are as follows:
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 2013 to January 2015, this office collected over $5,753,340.56 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.
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