Harris County District Clerk’s Office (DCO)

DCO Vision Statement

To serve the legal community and the public at large with a commitment to accountability, innovation, and efficiency. Our work is essential, our service is exceptional.

DCO Mission Statement

To provide the Judicial System and the public with information and support in the most technologically advanced methods possible by:
  • Fulfilling our statutory duties as record custodian and fee officer to the best of our abilities.
  • Fostering an environment for our employees that encourages the development of new ideas and the willingness to improve productivity.
  • Implementing our goals and objectives with the team approach and decision making at all levels of the organization.
  • And, striving to be a leader and example to other county and state agencies.

Duties of the District Clerk’s Office

The District Clerk performs the duties assigned by the Texas Constitution as registrar, recorder, and custodian of all court pleadings, instruments, and papers that are part of any legal cause of action in the Harris County District Courts and the County Criminal Courts at Law. While the Office is probably best known for summoning prospective jurors to over 90 courts, that is just one of the many duties of the office.

The Harris County District Clerk's Office performs many critical functions in the day-to-day operation of county government. They include:
  • Managing the official records of all court proceedings for over 90 Harris County courts including County Criminal Courts at Law; District Criminal, Civil, Family, and Juvenile Courts; and numerous specialty courts
  • Making these records available to the legal community and the public
  • Accepting all new and subsequent filings for these courts
  • Providing authorities with court orders to execute
  • Securing trial evidence
  • Assessing and collecting court costs, fines, and fees
  • Maintaining the Court Registry
  • Preserving historical documents
  • Managing the juror summons and selection process for the above-mentioned courts plus the County Civil Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts
  • Processing passport applications
  • Leading technological innovation among Texas District Clerks

For a PDF handout on the Harris County District Clerk’s Office, click here.