District Clerk, Tammy Brauner, welcomes you to the
Washington County District Clerk’s Office.
Our goal is to provide professional, friendly and quality services to the citizens of Washington County
and all those who utilize this office.
The District Clerk’s office is located on the 3rd floor in the Washington County Courthouse in Brenham, Texas. You may contact our office at:
Washington County District Clerk
100 E. Main, Suite 304
Brenham, TX 77833
The office of the district clerk has been included in every Texas constitution since the Republic. Article 5, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution provides for this office.
The district clerk provides support of the district and county court at law courts in the county. The clerk is registrar, recorder, and custodian of all court pleadings, instruments, and papers that are part of any cause of action in any civil and criminal district court and in any family county court at law. The district clerk indexes and secures all court records, collects filing fees, and handles funds held in litigation and money awarded to minors.
DUTIES AND SERVICES PROVIDED
The district clerk is responsible for filing all felony criminal cases following indictment by the Grand Jury.
All civil law suits in the 21st and 335th Judicial District Courts are filed with the district clerk. This office also files all divorces, parent-child relationships, adoptions, name changes, and any other family matters for the County Court at Law including all Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Enforcement Division cases. Fees are collected for the filing of new cases and motions and for the issuance of all subpoenas, notices, citations, writs, temporary restraining orders, executions, abstracts of judgment, orders of sale, protective orders, etc. These fees are then distributed to the proper state and local agencies on a monthly basis.
The district clerk is the officer of the Court in charge of the jury selection process and acts as a liaison between the jurors, courts, and employers. Petit jurors are randomly selected by computer from a list compiled by the State which is updated annually. The list of names is generated from both voter registration and driver’s license.
Naturalization records dating back to the mid 1800’s may be found in this office.
The district clerk is also an authorized acceptance agent for the National Passport Agency. All applicants for passport must present, at the time of application: a certified copy of their birth certificate or a previous passport, a valid Driver’s License or picture identification, two 2 x 2 passport pictures and the required passport fees. Special requirements exist for the application of a child under age 16.
One of the main purposes of the district clerk’s office is to work with the judges and staffs of the District Court and County Court at Law to keep the court system flowing smoothly. The other is to keep accurate records and, since most of the records maintained in this office are public information, to see that those records remain available for the future.