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County Judge Nathaniel Moran


Smith County Court is a constitutional county court which is defined as "a court named or described and expressly protected in a constitution, or recognized by name or definite description in a constitution."

The County Court of Smith County is charged with the administration of Texas Probate Laws, hearing all the probate, guardianship and mental health matters filed in Smith County.

Please note: Court staff can inform you about the services of the Court and can answer questions regarding how the Court works, but they cannot answer substantive legal questions. Court staff is prohibited by law from giving legal advice. You will need to contact an attorney to seek legal advice.


Smith County Courthouse Annex
200 E. Ferguson, STE. 100
Tyler, Texas 75702


Kimberly Carter
Executive Assistant                                                                                                                                                        

  • Assists County Judge w/administrative duties
  • Coordinates County Judge's administrative calendar
  • Assists staff with all aspects of County Court

Tina Knighton
Probate Auditor/Court Administrator

  • All Probate & Guardianship Dockets
  • Schedules Probate/Guardianship Hearings
  • Annual Account/Annual Reports
  • Inventories/Affidavits of Compliance
  • All contested probate & guardianship matters

Donna Henry
Mental Health Coordinator                                                                                                                                                     

  • Mental Commitments
  • Assists with Probate & Guardianship dockets
  • Schedules Mental Hearings
  • Assists with submission docket
  • Compliance

Mental Health questions - Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5pm; if you need assistance outside normal business hours, please contact 9-1-1    

Carter, KimberlyExecutive AssistantCounty Court(903) 590-4625
Henry, DonnaMental Health CoordinatorCounty Court(903) 590-4610
Knighton, TinaProbate Auditor/Court AdministratorCounty Court(903) 590-4611
Moran, NathanielCounty JudgeCommissioners, County Court(903) 590-4625