Clerk of County Court, County Courts at Law, and Commissioners Court
The County Clerk's primary responsibility is to support the courts and be the administrator of all records. Of the 254 counties in Texas, these duties vary among clerks. In Fort Bend, the County Clerk is the administrator of the staff, records and fees collection for civil, criminal, juvenile, probate courts; alcohol and beverage license hearings; and Commissioners Court.
A few of the duties of the staff include
- filing, registering, docketing and assessing cost for an application, complaint, petition, return, document or proceeding
- issuing citations, notices, subpoenas and certified or non-certified copies
- commission depositions
- execute judgments, writs, abstracts and orders
- attend court
- impanel jury
- swear witnesses
- approve bonds
- and administer oaths
The County Clerk also serves as an ex-officio member of the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court and is required to attend or have a representative present to act as recorder. In addition, by practice, not statute, the County Clerk is the recorder for the Fort Bend County Drainage District Board and the Fort Bend Parkway Road District.
Required to submit monthly, quarterly and annual reports to the county and state, the County Clerk has legal and fiduciary responsibilities for the collection, investment and distribution of over 400 trust fund accounts totaling several millions of dollars.