The Civil department accepts all new suits and pleadings filed on civil and some family related matters filed in the Taylor County District Courts. Filings may be filed over the counter, through mail, fax filed or e-filed. This includes filings on delinquent tax suits, divorces, damages, personal injury, change of name, occupational drivers license (felony case) and expunctions, to list a few.
The Civil Department will also issues services requested on these types of cases.
The employees of the District Clerk's Office may not give legal advice. The Government Code of the Texas Statutes prohibits any employee in this office from giving legal advice:
Sec. 8101. DEFINITION.
(a) In this chapter the "practice of law" means the preparation of a pleading or other document incident to an action or special proceeding or the management of the action or proceeding on behalf of a client before a judge in court as well as a service rendered out of court, including the giving of advice or the rendering of any service requiring the use of legal skill or knowledge, such as preparing a will, contract, or other instrument, the legal effect of which under the facts and conclusions involved must be carefully determined.
Sec. 81.102. STATE BAR MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED
(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a person may not practice law in this state unless the person is a member of the state bar.
(b) The Supreme Court may promulgate rules prescribing the procedure for limited practice of law by:
(1) attorneys licensed in another jurisdiction;
(2) bona fide law students; and
(3) unlicensed graduate students who are attending or have attended a law school approved by the Supreme Court.