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Harris County resumes in person jury service

As the Harris County Courts begin to resume jury trials, it is important for citizens receiving a jury summons to know the precautions being taken to protect their safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the District Courts launched an information campaign to help prospective jurors, parties, lawyers, and the public learn about the safety protocols in place for in person jury trials during this unprecedented time.

District Clerk Marilyn Burgess recognizes work of frontline workers during COVID-19 pandemic

This eventful year of 2020 has brought the Harris County District Clerk’s Office a new motto: Our work is essential, our service exceptional. All across the DCO –on the civil and criminal operations, as well as at our Canal facility— our front line workers exemplify this motto. While some of us are fortunate enough to work remotely, they are performing outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Support payment kiosk available at Family Law Center

Child support payments are now easier to make in Harris County thanks to an initiative from Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess. A payment kiosk previously located at the Juvenile Justice Center is now inside the Family Law Center, located at 1115 Congress Street, in downtown Houston.

Pioneering program allows to process pleas outside of courtroom

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess has rolled out a pioneering electronic solution to process pleas in non-court settings. By establishing a virtual courtroom the judge, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the defendant are coordinating through electronic means to complete a judicial plea signed by all parties remotely.

Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess is your Harris County District Clerk.

A seasoned businesswoman with leadership skills and administrative experience, Ms. Burgess graduated from Louisiana State University with an accounting degree in 1975 and practiced as a CPA for more than 30 years.

Besides her work in the private sector, Ms. Burgess has also served the community. Ms. Burgess led the Texas Parent Teachers Association (PTA) as Executive Director from 1999 to 2001. In that role, she worked with state lawmakers to pass legislation that benefited the health, education, and welfare of Texas children. Ms. Burgess also stood firm against school vouchers that would have redirected tax dollars to private schools.

During her time leading the Texas Parent Teachers Association, Ms. Burgess found her calling to advocate for causes that improve the lives of working and middle-class families, single mothers, and teachers.

Ms. Burgess moved to Houston in 2002 and served as President of the North Houston-Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2006. In this position, Ms. Burgess quickly learned about her new community by collaborating with Houston and Harris County elected officials, as well as local and regional community and business leaders. Ms. Burgess gained a comprehensive and insightful knowledge of Greater Houston’s economy and political landscape.

Prior to being elected District Clerk, Ms. Burgess worked as the Chief Financial Officer at a family-owned fastener company based in north Harris County.

Ms. Burgess developed her belief in hard work and public service from her parents Oda and Glover Rockett. Both of them held elected office in her hometown of Spearsville, LA. Her father represented the region in a role similar to county commissioner for 12 years.

After Ms. Burgess’ mother retired from her position as chair of the local hospital board, she went on to serve the community as mayor of Spearsville during the final years of her life.

In 2018, Ms. Burgess ran for Harris County District Clerk on a platform focused on modernizing the jury system by launching online registration for prospective jurors, increasing the diversity of juries, and ensuring a living wage for the hardworking professionals that staff the District Clerk’s Office.

As District Clerk, she is working hard to make the DCO more efficient, innovative and technology-driven. Ms. Burgess oversees a budget of $39 million and a staff of more than 500 people.

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