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District Clerk Penny Clarkston 


The office of District Clerk is established by Article 5, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution. The District Clerk is the office of record for all proceedings heard in District Courts, and in Smith County, some civil and family matters heard in County Courts at Law. This includes the most serious personal injury, contract, real estate, and consumer lawsuits; all divorces, child support and custody cases; as well as tax collection cases.

Records of felony cases are kept in the District Clerk's office. Note: These records are currently available on-line.

Deputy Clerks of the District Clerk carry out the decisions of the courts by issuing writs, abstracts of judgment, preparation of warrants,  commitment                                                                      documents in criminal matters.

The District Clerk is the Administrator of the Smith County Jury System.


Smith County District Clerk
100 North Broadway, Room 204
Tyler, Texas 75702
Phone: (903) 590-1660
Fax: (903) 590-1661

The District Clerk's office is now accepting criminal E-filing, mandated as of January 1, 2018.

Attorneys wanting access to the District Clerk documents, please see our Subscription Agreement that you can electronically sign and email back to our office after you receive payment confirmation.

Notice: Effective November 14, 2016, the Smith County Clerk and District Clerk offices will be updating fees to e-mail a regular copy of a document to a requestor (per LGC 118.011(c) & GC 51.319(3)).

To have a document emailed to you, the following will apply

  • 0-15 pages - $1 per page
  • 16 pages and up - $15 per document

If you are needing a paper copy or a certified copy of a document, you will be charged $1 per page.

Most recent Monthly Appointments and Fees Report.

Please Note: The District Clerk's Office has a new refund policy effective immediately.

  • Over-payments that are less than $10.00 will only be processed if request of a refund is received in writing within 30 days of the purchase date along with a copy of the receipt.
  • Refunds of $10.00 or more will continue to be automatically processed. For more information, contact the District Clerk Bookkeeping Department at (903) 590-1667 or (903) 590-1665.

Rules and standards exist which establish the qualification of attorneys to be appointed to represent indigent defendants in death penalty cases.

Filing fee's effective January 1, 2020


Staff Member Phone
Penny Clarkston, District Clerk (903) 590-1675
Appeals (903) 590-1677
Attorney General Suits Division (903) 590-1668
Bookkeeping (903) 590-1665 or 1667
Child Support (903) 590-1687
241st Civil Cases  (903)590-1663
 Expunction/Non Disclosure  (903)590-1662
114th Civil Cases (903) 590-1677
 7th Civil Cases  (903)590-1669
Front Intake (903) 590-1660
Jury Coordinator (903) 590-1700
Juvenile Coordinator (903) 590-1664
Tax Suits (903) 590-1673
7th District Court Felony Clerk (903) 590-1678
114th District Court Felony Clerk (903) 590-1680
241st District Court Felony Clerk (903) 590-1679
321st District Court Family Clerk (903) 590-1674
 County Court At Law Family Clerk (903)-590-1663
 County Court At Law 2 Family Clerk  (903)-590-1687
 County Court At Law 3 Family Clerk  (903)590-1669

Important Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What are the District Clerks Office Hours?

  • How can I change my address with the court?

  • How can I check the status of a child support payment?

  • Can I get forms to file a case from your office?

  • My ex-spouse is not making child support payments. Can you help?

  • How do I reach the Office of the Attorney General?

  • Do I need an Attorney to file a case?

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