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Clerk of the County Court

Dick Smith General Entry

The office of clerk of the county court, or county clerk's office, has been in existence since 1836, when it superseded the office of escribano of Spanish and Mexican Texas. Under the Constitution of 1876 the county clerk was to be elected biennially; in 1954, however, a constitutional amendment changed the term of office to four years. The main duties of the county clerk are to serve as clerk of the county court and the county commissioners' court, act as recorder of deeds and other instruments, issue marriage licenses, and take depositions. The clerk is also responsible for conducting countywide special and general elections and for handling absentee voting. In counties of less than 8,000 population the office of county clerk is combined with that of clerk of the district court.

Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials (Austin: Texas Department of Community Affairs, 1988). Dick Smith, The Development of Local Government in Texas (Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1938).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Dick Smith, “Clerk of the County Court,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 29, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/clerk-of-the-county-court.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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