Posted:  January 14, 2022

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The Fort Bend District Clerk and the Fort Bend County Clerk have agreed to continue to make court records available ONLY to attorneys and other officers of the court via a login and password.

Please read the JOINT POLICY AGREEMENT  before requesting a login for viewing online case documents.  Note, the individuals that already have a login will NOT need to resubmit a Secured Access Enrollment Form.

An assigned login may be obtained by submitting a completed Secured Access Enrollment Form  to the District Clerk's Office via email to the attention of distclerkPAR@fortbendcountytx.gov

If you have any questions, please contact my office at (281) 341-4509.

Thank you,

Beverley McGrew Walker
Fort Bend County District Clerk


Posted: December 30, 2021

NOTICE: New Family and Civil Filing Fees and Miscellaneous Fees

Effective 1/1/2022 – Civil and Family filing fees have been restructured in accordance with SB41. Please click here to access the new Civil and Family filing fees.

Thank you,
Beverley McGrew Walker                                                                                           


NOTICE: Posted December 1, 2021  

Effective January 1, 2022, our office will no longer accept personal checks as a method of payment for court costs and passport execution fees.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The District Clerk’s Office interim solution until our public access portal is fixed:

Attorneys and Bail Agents:

Please email the completed Secured Access Enrollment Form [PDF] to the District Clerk’s Office at:

DistclerkPAR@fortbendcountytx.gov

Upon receipt, a temporary login will be provided by our office.

Case Parties (not represented by an attorney):
Please email our office at distclerk@fortbendcountytx.gov to receive non-certified redacted copies free of charge*until this issue is resolved.

Restrictions will apply to certain data requests.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation with this matter.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at
281-341-4509.

Sincerely,

Beverley McGrew Walker
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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:

  • 8 District Courts
  • 6 Associate Judges
  • Attorney General Court
  • CPS Cluster Court
  • Sanctions Court
  • E.N.D 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 three years.

Case filed and disposed with the District Clerk's Office from January 2019 to January 2021 are as follows:

Text hidden Filed Disposed
Civil 13,064 10,703
Family 15,464 12,488
Criminal 11,932 5,729

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 2019 to January 2021, this office collected over $9,982,492.98 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