According to The Supreme Court of Texas, an order was signed adopting Texas Rule of
Civil Procedure 21c and Amendments to Texas Rules of Civil Procedure 4, 21, 21a, and
502.1, Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 6 and 9, and the Supreme Court Order
Directing the Form of the Appellate Record in Civil Cases to be effective January 1,
2014 for Harris County. This order mandates electronic filing in all Civil Courts
and restricts us from accepting paper filing from any filer other than Pro Se
filers. Please, click on the following link to learn more about electronic filing
www.efiletexas.gov. We will also be unable to accept any other type of electronic
filing other than through EFileTexas.gov which include any type of Fax Filing.
Protective Orders (Family Violence)
Matters concerning family violence are handled by the Harris County District
Attorney's Office located at 1201 Franklin, 8th Floor. If you wish to file the
paperwork yourself, visit the Office of the Attorney General's Web Site to retrieve
the packet of information needed for filing.
In-coming transfers happend when another county transfers a case (cause) to the
Harris County court system. An order is signed transferring the case (cause) to
Harris County. The process generally takes a month for the transfer to complete.
Once our office receives the out-of-county transfer electronically when from a
county that has electronic capabilities or by paper for those who do not:
- A $45 fee is due to our office for the filing.
- Notification will be mailed to the attorneys and/or filing parties for the
- After payment, the case (cause) will be assigned a case (cause) number and a
The District Clerk’s Office cannot dispense legal advice or carry forms to file
a case (cause) in the Family District Courts. However, there are different options and alternatives
you can use to seek legal advice:
Family forms are available on our Forms page.