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Clerk of the District Courts of Kerr County


Dawn Lantz
Dawn Lantz, Clerk of the Court


The District Clerk receives for filing and processing all documents in a court case. The Clerk Maintains the official court records and must:

  • Mark the exact date and time of receipt

  • Issue papers during the life of a case for many years after a case is final. For example: subpoenas, notices, citations, abstracts, writs, temporary restraining orders, warrants, etc.

  • Prepare the “docket” or calendar of hearings and trials

  • Compile the court minutes

  • Prepare transcripts of proceedings for appeals and writs of Habeas Corpus


Most court records are public information. The District Clerk is responsible for managing records so that they are:

  • Easily retrieved for public information

  • Preserved for permanent storage in archives

  • Disposed of according to law


The District Clerk is charged with the responsibility of collecting and disbursing court costs, fines and other fees that benefit 20+ agencies at the state and local level in addition to:

  • Child support payments

  • Money places in the court registry fund that is in dispute

  • Money invested on behalf of minor children for safekeeping until age 18

  • Preparation of the operating budget for the officer


The District Clerk is responsible for gathering data and reporting to several state and local agencies, a few are:

  • County Auditor

  • County Treasurer

  • Voter Registrant

  • Bureau of Vital Statistics

  • Department of Public Safety

  • State and Local Law Enforcement

  • Attorney General

  • State Treasurer

  • State Board of Medical Examiners

  • State Library

  • Comptroller of Public Accounts

  • Office of Court Administration


The District Clerk is the officer of the Court in charge of the jury selection process to:

  • Determine the number of potential jurors required to begin a trial

  • Send summons to jurors

  • Process jurors on trial day

  • Assign jurors to panels

  • Pay jurors for service

  • Act as liaison between the jurors, courts & employees

  • Click here to access Jury Response.


The District Clerk is responsible for employing deputy clerks to assist with all of the duties described above. Personnel and office management includes:

  • Hiring

  • Office policies and procedures

  • Schedule office hours & holidays

  • Compliance with all federal labor and employment laws

  • Projecting the equipment, space and storage needs for the office

  • Public assistance with information about the court system and other government



The District Clerk is the Local Regional Agent for the processing of Passport Applications for the General Public

Passport Information at travel.state.gov


Within one year of the day on which a person first takes office as District Clerk, he or she must successfully complete 20 hours of instruction in performance of the duties of office.

Subsequently, a clerk must successfully complete 20 hours of continuing education courses in the performance of the duties of office at least one time in each 12 month period.


Court Compliance assists Court Clerks in the collection of court costs and fines assessed in felony criminal convictions. Court Compliance helps persons who must pay to work out a payment plan for the costs they owe the county. It is the goal of Court Compliance to efficiently enforce the Court's orders adjudged against defendants.

Follow The Links Below For Department Payment Instructions:

Kerr County District Clerk
(Felony) for further assistance please call (830) 792-2281


Kerr County Courthouse
700 Main Street #236
Kerrville, Texas 78028

Phone: (830) 792-2281

Effective May 31, 2022 the office hours will be 7:30am-4:30PM M-F.

Passport acceptance from 7:30am to 4:00pm. M-F

Effective 4/17/18 the Kerr County District Clerk's Office will be accepting Criminal E-file. Mandatory Criminal E-file is July 1, 2019.

Electronic Filing and Service

Click here for Information on e-filing.

Notice of Self Help Resources

Texas Law Help
Texas Lawyer Referral Service
Texas State Law Library


Credit Card Payments are Now accepted by phone or at the counter.

Contact the District Clerk's office to setup a payment plan.
Click here to download the Payment Plan Application

Records Access

Applications are being taken for on-line access to court records and images. Call or write for more information.

Judicial Records are now available electronically at the District Clerks office.

Civil and Family Filing Fees

Click here for the Civil and Family Filing Fees schedule

Child Support

Please provide your 10 digit case number and name.

Mail Payment To:
Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit

P.O. Box 659791
San Antonio, Texas 78265-9791

ONLINE PAYMENT: www.e-childspay.com Or Call 1-866-645-6348

Click here for the Child Support Order Information Sheet

Electronic Filing of Court Documents Via Texas Online

Click here for the eFiling Main Information page

Click here to download the full document in Microsoft Office Word format.

Click here to download the full document in Adobe PDF format.

Click here for the E-File Business Process to Odyssey

Forms For Filing of Nondisclosure

Order of Nondisclosure Overview

Model Order of Nondisclosure

Instructions For Completing a Petition Order of Nondisclosure

Petition For Order of Nondisclosure Form

Inability to Pay Costs

Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs or an Appeal Bond

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