The office of District Clerk is established by Article 5, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution. The District Clerk is the office of record for all proceedings heard in District Courts, and in Smith County, some civil and family matters heard in County Courts at Law. This includes the most serious personal injury, contract, real estate, and consumer lawsuits; all divorces, child support and custody cases; as well as tax collection cases.
Records of felony cases are kept in the District Clerk's office. Note: these records are currently available on-line.
Deputies of the District Clerk carry out the decision of the courts by issuing writs, abstracts of judgment, preparation of warrants, or commitment documents in criminal matters.
The District Clerk accounts for and processes child support payments and is the administrator of the Smith County jury system.
Please Note: The District Clerk's Office has a new refund policy effective immediately.
Over-payments that are less than $10.00 will only be processed if request of a refund is received in writing within 30 days of the purchase date along with a copy of the receipt.
Refunds of $10.00 or more will continue to be automatically processed. For more information contact the District Clerk’s Bookkeeping Department at 903-590-1667 or 903-590-1665.
Rules and standards exist which establish the qualification of attorneys to be appointed to represent indigent defendants in death penalty cases. Click here to download those rules. You may also click here to download a list of qualified attorneys.