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District Clerk FAQ

Can you tell me how to file my own divorce?

We are not attorneys and are prohibited by law from giving any legal advice. We cannot give you instructions on filing your divorce or answer any questions on the accuracy of your papers or how to present your case to the judge. If you intend to represent yourself pro se, without the assistance of an attorney, you must have the knowledge to prepare and file the proper pleadings and present your case to the court. We advise you to consult an attorney if you have any questions or are unsure as to what you need to do.

Do you have the forms to file a divorce?

The District Clerk does not have the papers or forms necessary for the filing of a divorce or any other law suit or pleading.

How do I get a copy of my divorce decree or other copies?

All copies are $1.00 for the first page and $.25 for each additional page. All certified copies are $1.00 per page. Copies of documents may be obtained upon payment of the appropriate fees either in person during regular office hours, or by writing or calling the District Clerk's office to obtain the purchase amount. Please include the case number and/or names of the parties to the case when making inquiries.

What are the office hours of the District Clerk's office?

The District Clerk's office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How do I get a case set or get information on a court hearing?

To set your case for a hearing or to appear on the uncontested docket or to check on a setting, you must call the court administrator of the appropiate court at one of the following phone numbers:

277th District Court - (512) 943-1277

368th District Court - (512) 943-1368

26th District Court - (512) 943-1226

395th District Court - (512) 943-1395
425th District Court - (512) 943-3380
County Court at Law No. 1 - (512) 943-1201

County Court at Law No. 2 - (512) 943-1410

County Court at Law No. 3 - (512) 943-1160
County Court at Law No. 4 - (512) 943-1681

How do I file an answer when I have been served with a citation?

The District Clerk does not have a form for filing an answer and cannot assist you on how to file an answer. We are not attorneys and are prohibited by law from giving any legal advice. Consult an attorney for any assistance.

What do I do about the taxes when a delinquent tax suit has been filed against me?

Contact the appropriate Tax Assessor-Collector regarding the amount of taxes owed or for information on payment of the taxes. Since a tax suit has been filed, court costs will also be due in addition to the taxes. Contact the District Clerk's office for the amount of court costs and payment information.
 
E-File FAQ

Do I have to Efile?

The e-filing mandate issued by the Supreme Court goes into effect July 1, 2014. In an effort to be prepared we will be looking at a target date for voluntary e-filing prior to July 2014.

How does e-filing work?

  • Electronic filing or e-filing enables filers and courts to efficiently process documents and fees online.
  • eFileTexas, manages the flow of information among filers, clerks, court personnel and judges:
  • Filer submits documents: after selecting an online provider (EFSP), filers log on to their provider’s website to file case-related documents online to any participating court in Texas.
  • EFSP Delivers documents to the court by checking for submissions for completeness, calculate filing fees and court costs, and electronically deliver the submitted documents to the participating court.
  • Clerk ACCEPT or RETURN FOR CORRECTION –the court clerk will receive the electronically filed documents and associated fees for processing and acceptance, review the documents, accept or return for correction the filings and provide an electronic time stamp notification to the filer for the accepted documents.

What is an EFSP

E-filing in Texas is facilitated by electronic filing service providers (EFSP), that is, web portals operated by independent companies that collect filings from filers and transmit to eFileTexas.

Certified EFSPs for Texas on Line:

  • American LegalNet, Inc.
  • CaseFile Xpress
  • CourtFile America
  • eLawServices
  • MyFileRunner
  • OneLegal
  • ProDoc

Is e-filing secure?

Yes. The eFile Texas system adheres to state and federal security regulations and meets Payment Card Industry Security Stand protect filer and transaction information.

What is e-service?

E-service is a feature provided by eFile Texas where documents are electronically served to other parties in a case. Using this option, you can track when each party received and opened the filing. Note: Transaction and service fees will apply.

How do I serve other individuals with my e-filed documents

The filers are responsible for accomplishing service of all filings as required by the applicable court rules. For this purpose, filers may use the mail service, serve by hand delivery, send an e-mail, or use eFile Texas as it offers the option of electronic service for each filing to the designated service contact. NOTE: Transaction and service fees will apply.

How is the eFile Texas system different from the one currently in place?

The new platform will reduce costs for filers by up to 94%, and will provide for expanded e-filing in Texas using a proven system already operational in several states.

I have questions, who can I call?

Questions regarding the vendor decision or awarding of the contract should be addressed with the OCA. The process of transitioning to the eFile Texas platform is in progress and updated information will be posted to the eFile Texas website www.texfile.com You can also email for technical support at efiling.support@tylertech.com with questions.

What if I have a case with an Affidavit of Indigency? Or I am court appointed to represent a litigant?

You will have a “waiver” option for those instances where you are not required to make a payment.

When can I use eFile Texas

eFile Texas is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

May I include more than one document for filing per submission?

Yes. eFile Texas will allow multiple documents (same cause number) for file-marking per submission.

My motion needs the hearing date and time entered. How is that handled?

When accepted your document is entered directly into the case management system and may not be altered. Your notice of hearing will need to be a separate e-filed submission.

What if I am not sure if document requires a fee?

Please call the clerk prior to your submission. Although the clerk may have the authority to add additional fees, the amount is not guaranteed therefore your submission will be rejected.

What time and date stamp is applied?

The time and date applied to your accepted filing is the time and date you submitted the document.

How do I pay to eFile?

You may pay by credit card, depending on options offered by your selected EFSP.

How will I know if my eFiling was received?

You will receive an immediate acknowledgement message upon submission, and a confirmation message and file stamp copy upon acceptance by the clerk. If not accepted return for corrections and reason will be sent.