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DISTRICT CLERK
Tina Morgan Freeman


Greetings from District Clerk Tina Freeman and the staff of the
Caldwell County District Clerk’s Office, located at the Caldwell Co.  Justice Center, 1703 S. Colorado, Box 3, Lockhart, Texas 78644.
Our office is open from 8:30 to Noon and 1 - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday
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PH.   512-398-1806
FAX   512-398-1805

Section 9, Article 5 of the Texas Constitution states “CLERK OF DISTRICT COURT. There shall be a Clerk for the District Court of each county, who shall be elected by the qualified voters and who shall hold his office for four years, subject to removal by information, or by indictment of a grand jury, and conviction of a petit jury.  In case of vacancy, the Judge of the District Court shall have the power to appoint a Clerk, who shall hold until the office can be filled by election.”   The District Clerk supports the District Courts and is registrar, recorder and custodian of all court pleadings, instruments and papers that are part of any cause of action in any civil or criminal district court.  The courts supported by the District Clerk in Caldwell County include the 421st, 22nd, and 207th District Courts, Caldwell Co. Court at Law Judge for Juvenile cases, and 2 Associate Judges for CPS Cases and Child Support Attorney General Cases.


Tina Freeman was elected Caldwell Co. District Clerk in November 2006 and took office January 1, 2007.  She worked in the District Attorney’s Office in Caldwell County for 10 years prior to being elected.  She is a member of the Texas District Court Alliance and the Texas County and District Clerk’s Association, where she has served on the Education Committee.




Online Payments

(For Criminal payments – FELONY only)

       (For copies/search fee  - Contact the office prior to payment)



          **ATTENTION ATTORNEYS**

E-Filing is mandatory statewide in civil cases. We are now permissively accepting criminal documents through e-File. You must file into eFile Texas by using an Office of Court Administration (OCA) approved Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP). (See Rule 2.1)
                       
* Some EFSPs charge a fee for filing or for credit card payment processing
                        * There are EFSP options that are free of charge
                        * See http://www.efiletexas.gov/service-providers.htm for more details

See E-Filing Business Processes for more information (and additional forms in form section).  If you are appearing in court for a hearing within 24 hours of filing thru e-File, you will need to provide a courtesy copy of the filing to the Court.


STAFF


Janet Caddell
Asst. District Clerk
(ext. 4371)
Juvenile Court Administrator
Teresa Castillo
Deputy (ext. 4370)
Jury Administrator
Robin West
Deputy (ext. 4369)
File Management, Jury Asst.
Leslie Estrada
Deputy (ext. 4368)
Civil/Family Division, Courtroom Clerk
Debra Beverly
Deputy (ext. 4367)
Criminal Division, Courtroom Clerk
Dana Richter
Deputy (ext. 4366)
Tax Suits/Criminal Records, Courtroom Clerk
Linda Jeffrey
Deputy (ext. 4365)
 Attorney General/Child Support

 

*For settings, please see the Court Coordinator information at the end of this page*

We encourage you to utilize the links and forms below to better serve you and your business with the District Clerk’s Office.


Jury Information
512-398-1806 x 4370 - Jury Administrator
512-398-1840 – Jury updates (RECORDED message only)

Jurors are selected electronically at random from a list compiled by the Secretary of State's Office, utilizing a list of voter registrations and a list of driver's license registrations from this County.  Please read your summons carefully.  The exemptions and disqualifications for petit jury service are stated on the summons (see example below).  If any disqualification applies to you, you cannot serve.  You must circle the disqualification and return the card to the District Clerk.  If any exemption applies to you, you do not have to claim it and you may serve.  If you claim an exemption or disqualification, please do so immediately upon receipt of your summons.  Please circle the appropriate number, then sign and date the summons and return it to the District Clerk. 

For all individuals not claiming a disqualification or exemption, please appear on time and BRING YOUR SUMMONS with you when you report (with the questionnaire portion completed).   IT IS IMPORTANT that you call the JURY INFORMATION NUMBER printed on the front of your summons the weekend prior to your summons date.  A recorded message will provide information regarding any cancellation of the jury panel.

Qualifications and Exemptions

Si no comprende inglés, consulte la solicitud de exención en la sección del formulario a continuación


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Juror Forms

Request for Exemption from Jury Service for Physical or Mental Impairment
Request for Permanent Exemption from Jury Duty (Over 70)
Request for Exemption from Jury Service for Inability to Comprehend English
(Must be presented in person and sworn to before the clerk)
Debe ser presentado en persona y jurado ante el empleado.



Forms/Information


Links

For B.V.S forms:

VS-160 (For Adoptions)

VS-165 (If using this form, it needs to be filed double-sided)

Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Vital Statistics

Child Support Program of the Office of the Attorney General

Third Court of Appeals serving Caldwell County
    




Self-Help Resources

The Clerk's Office cannot give you legal advice and does not provide forms.  The following resources may provide various forms and can help guide you if you choose to proceed without an attorney”  

Texas Court Help
Texas Court Help (Spanish)

Texas Law Help 

Texas Law Help - Legal Clinic Calendar – Legal advice clinics in the region

E-File Texas SelfHelp

Texas Court Help

Texas State Law Library - Self Help

Lawyer Referral & Information Service



Monica Malaer
Court Coordinator for the 22nd, 207th, and 421st Judicial District Court

512-398-1807
(call for settings)

 

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