The Criminal Courts consist of the
District Courts which hear felony level cases and the
County Criminal Courts at Law
which hear misdemeanor level cases and cases appealed from the municipal courts.
Documents may be filed directly with the assigned court or in
provides assistance related to criminal and civil cases.
This section is responsible for receiving and processing incoming customer requests
including the purchasing of copies
and reports, and filing documents in existing cases (causes).
Bond (Forfeitures, Cash Bond Refunds and General Information)
Bond Information includes information related to Forfeitures, Cash Bond Refunds, the
Harris County Bail Bond Board and other general information related to bonds.
The Appellate Section processes all criminal cases (causes) in which a notice of appeal has been filed.
Writs of Habeas Corpus
An application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus
is filed when a person seeks relief from unlawful detention or imprisonment.
An exhibit is an item that has been admitted into evidence at trial.
Exhibits are maintained in the Appellate Section and may be checked out providing a court order has been signed.
Exhibits are maintained for a prescribed period of time after which they are destroyed.
Criminal Collections sets up payment plans for specific cases as ordered by the
District Criminal Courts and the County Criminal Courts at Law. Criminal Collections
works as an agent to ensure timely payment of court costs, fines, and fees.