7th District Court

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Judge Kerry L. Russell


After Texas Governor Abbott's disaster proclamation entered March 13, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals  entered their "First  Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster" modifying and suspending certain provisions related to court proceedings. The order that applies in all courts and to all case types is meant to provide courts with flexibility to delay or modify proceedings as necessary to address the threat of the COVID-19 disaster. The Emergency Order and Governor Abbott's disaster proclamation are posted.

THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that every attorney and participant in a proceeding in the 7th Judicial District Court of Smith County shall immediately alert the Court staff if the attorney or participant has, or knows of another participant who has COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, or a fever, cough or sneezing.  See the below links for more information.

Amended Order for Court Operations Under COVID-19 Pandemic

Amended Order Regarding Mediations

Order Rescheduling Felony Appearance Dockets

Hearings conducted by videoconferencing  (Zoom) are available for viewing by clicking on the Court's YouTube channel below:

Amended Guidelines for Zoom Hearings 


Smith County Courthouse
100 N. Broadway, Room 203
Tyler, TX  75702
Phone:  (903) 590-1640
Fax:        (903) 590-1641

Cockrum, TerryCivil Court Coordinator7th District Court (903) 590-1643
Garrison, ChrisBailiff7th District Court (903) 590-1646
Lowrance, JenniferOfficial Court Reporter7th District Court (903) 590-1647
Russell, Kerry L. Judge7th District Court (903) 590-1643
White, ToniCriminal Court Coordinator7th District Court (903) 590-1642