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Smith County Court is a constitutional county court which is defined as "a court named or described and expressly protected in a constitution, or recognized by name or definite description in a constitution."

The primary goal of the County Court of Smith County, Texas is to accomplish the business of the parties and counsel who have matters in the Court as quickly, pleasantly and economically as possible, within the limits imposed by Texas law.

The County Court of Smith County is charged with the administration of Texas Probate Laws, hearing all the probate, guardianship and mental health matters filed in Smith County.


Judge Joel Baker
Please note: Court staff can inform you about the services of the Court and can answer questions regarding how the Court works, but they cannot answer substantive legal questions. Court staff is prohibited by law from giving legal advice. You will need to contact an attorney to seek legal advice.
Smith County Courthouse Annex
200 E. Ferguson, STE. 100
Tyler, Texas 75702

Staff
Lynn R. McGinnis, CLA
Probate Auditor/Administrator
All Probate & Guardianship Dockets
Schedules Probate/Mental Hearings
Annual Account/Annual Reports
Inventories/Affidavits of Compliance
All contested probate & guardianship matters
Phone: 903-590-4616
 
Donna Henry
Court Coordinator
Mental/Chemical Dependency Commitments
Assists with Probate & Guardianship dockets
Schedules Mental/Probate Hearings
Assists with submission docket
Delayed Birth & Death Certificates
Phone: 903-590-4616
 
Carmen Gardner
Executive Assistant
Assists County Judge w/administrative duties
Coordinates County Judge's administrative calendar
Assists staff with all aspects of County Court
Phone: 903-590-4625
Local Rules
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County Court Local Rules
Pro Se Policy
Frequently Asked Questions
Smith County Texas
100 N. Broadway Tyler, Texas
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