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DISTRICT CLERK

Juanita Allen 


 

Office Location
           Caldwell Co.  Justice Center           
1703 S. Colorado, Box 3
Lockhart, Texas 78644
Hours
8:30 to Noon and 1 - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday

                                                  

PHONE  512-398-1806
FAX   512-398-1805

District Clerk

Juanita Allen

juanita.allen@co.caldwell.tx.us

Additionally, you can find information on our website at www.co.caldwell.tx.us.

                                                                           WELCOME

CHANGES TO JURY SERVICE: To streamline function, improve response time, and decrease associated costs for taxpayers, Caldwell County is transitioning the current jury summons process from a paper questionnaire to electronic using the Odyssey Jury Management program.

This new program will increase court efficiency and improve convenience for jurors by utilizing online features easily accessed by phone, laptop or any web-based device found as close as your fingertips. Prospective jurors will continue to receive summons by mail. The new cost savings post card will provide simple to follow instructions for mandatory eResponse registration. The eResponse self-serve platform will be available 24/7, 365 days a year and replaces the paper questionnaire previously found on the tri-fold summons. Exemptions or disqualification are determined while completing the online questionnaire simply by clicking yes or no. Approval or denial responses will be delivered via text or email to the potential juror from the District Clerk’s office.

This innovative solution will be implemented in December 2022 providing a flexible, convenient, and efficient communication between potential juror and the District Clerk’s office minimizing the possibility of Failure to Appear fines. To ensure all residents have equal opportunity, the District Clerk has approved the use of an internet enabled computer dedicated solely for the confirmation of jury service upon request. Note, access to this computer will be granted until 5:00 pm the Thursday before your scheduled appearance date. Please visit the District Clerks office located at 1703 S. Colorado, Lockhart, TX 78644. All individuals summoned for jury duty must confirm through the online eResponse system no later than midnight the Thursday before your scheduled service date. Please call 512-398-1806 ext. 4370 with questions.  


If you need information about birth certificates, marriage licenses, property records, or misdemeanor criminal records, you will need to contact the COUNTY Clerk's Office.

For settings, please contact Monica Malaer at 398-1807
(Court Coordinator for the 22nd, 207th, and 421st Judicial District Courts)

                             To Search Court Records:  iDocket.com

       (Si prefiere leer esta información en español, seleccione el enlace TRANSLATE en la parte superior derecha de esta página.)

  • To reach one of the staff members below, call the main office number, PRESS #, then the extension number.

                                                         Leslie Estrada
                                                           Chief Deputy

                                                                 Civil Court Clerk

                                                                    (ext. #4368)
                                                             
                                                                                        

    Julie Bazan 

    Civil Family, Divorce,

    Adoption, Tax

    (ext. #4367)

     

    Ronnie Villanueva

    Criminal Court Clerk
    (ext. #4371)


    Anna Gamboa-Martinez

    Juvenile Court Clerk

    Attorney General/Child Support Clerk

    (ext. #4365)



    Teresa Castillo

    Financial Chief Deputy

    (ext. #4369)


    Rebecca Catching
    Jury Administrator
    (ext. #4370)

    Michelle Matias

    Docket/File Clerk 

    (ext. #4366)

  • All persons called for Jury service, Monday, November 28th, 2022, SHALL appear at the

    Caldwell County Justice Center located at 1703 S. Colorado St., in Lockhart, NO LATER

    than 8:45 am. Please bring your summons and have the questionnaire filled out

    ready to turn in when you report. Be aware that there is a dress code for court proceedings.

    Please no shorts or flip flops. Thank you.

     

    JURY ADMINISTRATOR: 512-359-4370 (Mon-Fri)

    JURY INFORMATION NUMBER:  512-398-1840  (RECORDED message only. You will not be able to reach office staff at this number)

    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/day prior to your summons date for updates.  Please note that our office does not provide updates for a jury panel summoned by County Court at Law.

    Qualifications and Exemptions (List of)

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

    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
                  (This form must be presented in person and sworn to before the clerk - Gov.Code 62.109)
                  (Debe ser presentado en persona y jurado ante el empleado)                           

  • CIVIL FEE SCHEDULE

    (Effective January 1, 2022)

    Base Fees

    Suit Affecting Parent/Child Relationship ............................................................................................................................................... $350.00

    Divorce ...........................................……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…...……. $350.00

    Adoption  (Excludes B.V.S.fees ) ..............................………………………………………………………….………………………………….……… $350.00

    Name Change .........................................……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..… $350.00

    Expunction  (plus $15.96 per agency) ...........................………………………………………………………………………………………………. $350.00

    Non-Disclosure .........................................……………………………………………..……………………………………………………………….……… $350.00

    Occupational Driver’s License .........................................……………………………………………………………………………………………..... $350.00

    Application for Writ of Garnishment (Post Judgment)................................……………………………………………..….…………….…. $350.00

    Civil (Non Family) ……..….. $350.00

    Civil (Family) …………………. $350.00

     

     

    SAPCR Motions…………………………..$15.00           Other Family/Divorce Actions………. $80.00

    Motion to Modify                                                                                 Third-party petition

    Motion for Enforcement                                                                        Cross-action

    Motion to Transfer                                                                                 Counterclaim

    Motion for Contempt                                                                             Motion for new trial

    Notice of Application For Judicial Writ of Withholding                          Intervention/interpleader

    Petition for license suspension                                                               Contempt action (no children)

    Motion to revoke a stay of license suspension                                       Motion for Enforcement

    Motion to Modify

    Motion to Transfer

      Motion for Contempt

     

     

    Civil Motions (non family) …………………..…… $80.00

    Third-party petitions                              Cross action/Counterclaim

    Motion for enforcement                        Motion for contempt

    Motion for new trial                               Motion to transfer

    Intervention/interpleader                       Modification/enforcement

     

     

    Issuance Fees …………………………………………  $8.00          Transfer into Caldwell Co.

    Writ of execution                                    Citation                                   SAPCR ……………….……..…..…  $  45.00

    Writ of injunction                                   Subpoena                                Civil Transfer In ………………....  $350.00

    Writ of attachment                                 Abstract of judgment

    Writ of garnishment                               Order of sale

    Writ of sequestration (pending case)

     

     

    Other Fees

    Sheriff service in county or certified mail……………. $ 80.00                   Citation by Posting/publication …………………….……$  80.00

    Writ Service ……………………………………………………….. $250.00                  Certificate of name change ………………………………..$   10.00

    Writ of Garnishment.………….………………………………. $150.00                   Record Search …..…………………………….………………… $     5.00

    Filing and approving bond ……….…………………………. $   5.00                  Certified seal …………………………………………………....  $   1.00

    Witness Fee ……………………………….………………………. $  10.00                  Copies (per page)……………………………………..……….  $  1.00

    (Exemplified copy) (plus $1  page)….………….……….  $  5.00

  • Please read notes below before entering the payment site. 
    This site is for criminal case payments  on FELONY cases only, and for copies/search fees.   If you are paying for copies or search fees, you MUST contact the office prior to the payment.   A convenience fee of $3 per $100 is charged by the merchant.

                                                IMPORTANT:  THIS SITE IS FOR DISTRICT CLERK PAYMENTS ONLY

     Online Payments

  •                                                  **ATTENTION ATTORNEYS**

    E-Filing is mandatory statewide in civil cases. We are currently accepting criminal documents through e-File, but
    beginning July 1, 2019, attorneys MUST electronically file criminal documents in Caldwell County.  (See Court of Criminal Appeals Order No. 16-003).
    Please read through the rules below, paying close attention to Part 5 regarding the filing of documents that contain sensitive data, if the data is not specifically required by statute or court rule.

                                                          Supreme Court Order No. 15-9205
    Final Approval of Rules Governing Electronic Filing in Criminal Cases (Joint Order, Court of Criminal Appeals Misc. Docket No. 15-004)

    You must file into eFile Texas by using an Office of Court Administration (OCA) approved Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP). (Part 2 of order above)

                            
    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.

    Efiling Request for Issuance
    Efiling Request for Abstract or Writ of Execution
    Efiling Request for Issuance Order of Sale