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Learn the virtual court procedures, who you need to contact, and more about the Fort Bend County District Courts.
Overview

Guide Overview

Civil District Courts hear all family and civil law issues including divorce cases, custody issues, child abuse and neglect (involving the Department of Family and Protective Services, or CPS) cases, cases involving title to land, and civil matters where the amount of money or damages involved is $200 or more.  

This guide contains information on all the District Courts, Associate Courts, and the Fort Bend County Child Support (IV-D) Court.

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Research Tips

Read our articles on Zoom and how to use it to prepare for your hearing. You should also read and use the following information from the Fort Bend County District Clerk: 

Common questions about Fort Bend County

The Fort Bend County District Courts are in the Fort Bend County Justice Center at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas 77469. 

Phone: (281) 341-4509 
Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can use the Fort Bend County Courts Case Record Search available on the District Clerk’s website.  

If you want a copy of any documents in your case, you have to go to the District Clerk’s office in person and request copies.

You can read How to E-File to learn about E-Filing.  

You can also read more about E-Filing on the District Clerk's webpage. This includes a Pro Se Litigant Self Help Through E-File page.

Instructions & Forms

Honorable Surendran K. Pattel 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 3-E 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 341-8600 

Watch the 240th Distric Court's court live stream

The 240th District Court is supported by Associate Judge O’Neil Williams. 

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. WebEx. Yes. All jury trials and other agreed settings are held in person.

You can visit the 240th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information. Be sure to read the 240th's Video Conferencing Policies and Procedures

Also read our article on How to Use WebEx to prepare for a virtual hearing on WebEx.

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing. 

Also, read the 240th District Court’s Rules of Practice for more details.

All non-agreed motions must be set for hearing with notice to the other side unless it is set for the court’s weekly submission docket. To set a motion on the submission docket, give the other side notice at least 10 days before the Monday of the submission docket hearing. 

Read the 240th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn how to schedule a hearing.

Yes. Email the court coordinator with your request to receive a date and time. In your email request, you must include: 

  • The type of hearing requested, 

  • Whether an interpreter is necessary and the required language, 

  • The anticipated length of the entire hearing, and 

  • The names of all participants in the hearing (including attorneys, parties, and witnesses).

All exhibits must be sent to the Court Reporter Marisol Ramos no later than three days before the hearing. Email your exhibits to marisol.ramosDC240@fortbendcountytx.gov and 240dc@fortbendcountytx.gov. You also need to send your exhibits to the other side before the hearing. 

Accepted exhibit formats: PDF documents, JPEG and PNG images, and MP4 for audio and video files. 

Do not e-file exhibits. Only e-file your exhibit list. 

During the hearing, you will show your evidence using the Share Screen feature in the WebEx platform. 

Read the 240th's Video Conferencing Policies and Procedures for more details.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

Associate Judge Williams’ courtroom is in the same building as Judge Pattel in Jury Assembly Room 2.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Selena Love at 240dc@fortbendcountytx.gov. Do not call the court coordinator for answers to questions. Do not contact the court coordinator to find out if documents have been filed or ruled on by the court—all information can be found on the online case search. 

If your case is in front of Associate Judge Williams, contact the Court Coordinator Elizabeth Adelekan at (364) 481-6012 or 240dc@fortbendcountytx.gov.

Honorable Steve Rogers 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 3-D 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 341-8610 

Watch the 268th Civil Court's court live stream

The 268th District Court is supported by Associate Judge Maggie Perez-Jaramillo. 

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. All jury trials and other agreed settings are held in person.

You can visit the 268th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing.

All scheduling requests (hearing dates, rescheduling, resets, changing court dates, setting a case on the docket, etc.) must be emailed to the court coordinator. No scheduling will be finalized by phone. Include your case number in the subject line and the type of setting requested.  

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion.

Yes. Email the court coordinator with your request to receive a date and time.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

Associate Judge Perez-Jaramillo’s courtroom is in the same building as Judge Rogers in Room 3-G.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Gabriela Romero at (281) 341-8610 or Gabriela.RomeroDC268@fortbendcountytx.gov.  

If your case is in front of Associate Judge Perez-Jaramillo, contact the Court Coordinator Dee Ann Sturdivant at (832) 471-1052 or DeeAnn.Sturdivant@fortbendcountytx.gov.

Honorable Monica Rawlins 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 3-C 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 341-4406 

The 328th District Court is supported by Associate Judge Felishia R. Young. 

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Virtual hearings are only for Friday, Evening, and Submission Dockets.

You can visit the 328th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information. Begin reading on page 11 of the 328th District Court’s Rules of Practice for Zoom hearing procedures.

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing.

Also, read the 328th District Court’s Rules of Practice for more details.

All cases that require a hearing must be scheduled through the court coordinator. Send an email to the coordinator to add your hearing to the docket to be heard. Request hearing dates before filing a motion and include your estimated time needed. 

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion. 

Read the 328th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn how to schedule a hearing.

Yes. The 328th is conducting virtual hearings for the Friday Docket, Evening Zoom Docket, and the Submission Docket.  

Friday Zoom Dockets are for: agreed divorce prove-ups, SAPCR prove-ups, uncontested prove-up of other agreements, Name Changes, Entry of Orders, Motions for Continuance, and Motions for Referral to Mediation. 

Evening Zoom Dockets are the first and third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for prove-ups of uncontested matters only. Must be signed up no later than 72 hours before the docket with the court coordinator. 

The Submission Docket is held at 8:30 a.m. every Friday. Read page 8 of the 328th District Court’s Rules of Practice for a list of what will be heard on the submission docket.

All hearing exhibits must be pre-marked, exchanged with all other parties, and emailed to the Court Reporter at sylvia.thompson@fortbendcountytx.gov as separate PDF files at least three days before the Zoom hearing. 

Read the 328th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more about evidence for hearings.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

Associate Judge Young’s courtroom is in the same building as Judge Rawlins in Room 3-A.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Monica Struve at 328th@fortbendcountytx.gov.

Honorable Janet B. Heppard 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 3-H 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 238-3290 

The 387th District Court is supported by Associate Judge Richard T. Bell. 

Watch Associate Judge Bell’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Hearings can be in person by agreement of the parties or at the court’s discretion.

You can visit the 387th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing.

Also, read the 387th District Court’s Rules of Practice for more details.

All cases that require a hearing will be scheduled through the court coordinator. Send an email with an estimated time for your hearing to the coordinator before filing a motion when requesting a hearing date. If the court cannot schedule your hearing on a requested specific date, the coordinator will either select a date or offer other possible dates for approval. 

Financial Information Sheets (FIS) must be filed and exchanged before a contested hearing if financial matters are at issue (like child support, community debts, temporary spousal maintenance, etc.). 

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion. 

All self-represented litigants will email 387thcourtcoordinator@fortbendcountytx.gov for a hearing date. Most hearings will be virtual at 9 a.m., unless scheduled otherwise with the court coordinator. 

Read the 387th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more about scheduling a hearing. 

Yes. The 387th is conducting all hearing virtually by default. Docket calls are on Zoom at 9 a.m. or as scheduled by the court. If you do not want to have a virtual hearing, contact the court coordinator to arrange an in person hearing. 

All self-represented litigants will email 387thcourtcoordinator@fortbendcountytx.gov for a hearing date. Most hearings will be virtual at 9 a.m., unless scheduled otherwise with the court coordinator.

All hearing exhibits must be pre-marked and exchanged with all other parties by 12 p.m. the business day before the hearing. If there are witnesses, you will need to provide copies to the witnesses as well. 

Copies for all exhibits must be emailed to the court or delivered on an USB Flash Drive to 387Exhibits@fortbendcountytx.gov before the start of the hearing. If emailed, you must copy all other parties and attorneys on the email. Do not email exhibits to the Court Coordinator or the Court Reporter.

During the hearing, you will show your evidence by using the Share Screen feature on Zoom. 

Read the 387th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more about evidence procedures for hearings.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Yes. All hearings are being conducted virtually, so you will be able to testify remotely.

Associate Judge Bell's courtroom is in the same building as Judge Heppard in Room 3-J.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Janie Gaeta at (281) 238-3290 or Janie.Gaeta@fortbendcountytx.gov.

Honorable Tameika Carter 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 3-B 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 341-4422 

Watch the 400th Civil Court's court live stream

The 400th District Court is supported by Associate Judge Tamecia Glover. 

Watch Associate Judge Glover's court live stream

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. WebEx. Yes. Hearings can be in person by agreement of the parties or at the court’s discretion.

You can visit the 400th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information. Begin reading on page 5 of the 400th District Court’s Rules of Practice for WebEx hearing procedures. 

Also read our article on How to Use WebEx to prepare for a virtual hearing on WebEx. 

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing.

Read the 400th District Court’s Rules of Practice for more details.

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion. 

Agreed and unopposed motions do not have to be placed on the court’s oral hearing or submission docket. Contact the court coordinator to schedule a hearing. 

Read the 400th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more about scheduling a hearing.

Yes. The 400th is conducting virtual hearings for all civil hearings without witness testimony or at the agreement of all parties. Emergency hearings are set through the court coordinator to set up a video conference with the court. 

Read the 400th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

Associate Judge Glover’s courtroom is in the same building as Judge Carter in Room 2-J.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Mandy Martinez at (281) 341-4422 or 400dc@fortbendcountytx.gov.  

If your case is in front of Associate Judge Glover, contact the Court Coordinator Neva Gonzalez at (281) 238-1926 or Neva.Gonzalez@fortbendcountytx.gov.

Honorable J. Christian Becerra 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 3-I 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 633-7653 

Watch the 434th Civil Court's court live stream

The 434th District Court is supported by Associate Judge Argie Brame. 

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. WebEx. Yes. Limited in person dockets.

You can visit the 434th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Also read our article on How to Use WebEx to prepare for a virtual hearing on WebEx. 

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing.

Read the 434th District Court’s Rules of Practice for more details.

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion. 

Contact the court coordinator for available hearing dates and times at 434DC@fortbendcountytx.gov. After getting a hearing date and time, e-file a notice of hearing for all civil cases with the District Clerk’s Office. 

Read the 434th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more about scheduling a hearing.

Yes. Contact the court coordinator at 434DC@fortbendcountytx.gov to request a virtual hearing. 

Read the 434th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

Associate Judge Brame’s courtroom is in the same building as Judge Becerra in Room 2-A.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Tonie Guevara at (281) 633-7653 or 434DC@fortbendcountytx.gov.  

If your case is in front of Associate Judge Brame, contact the Court Coordinator Lena Smith at (281) 341-4457 or Lena.Smith@fortbendcountytx.gov.

Honorable Chad Bridges 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 3-F 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (832) 471-4905 

Watch the 458th Civil Court's court live stream

The 458th District Court is supported by Associate Judge Stuti Patel. 

This information is current as of February 22, 2023. 

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. WebEx. Yes. Limited in person dockets.

You can visit the 458th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Also read our article on How to Use WebEx to prepare for a virtual hearing on WebEx. 

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing.

Read the 458th District Court’s Rules of Practice for more details.

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion. 

All non-agreed motions require a hearing with notice to the other side unless set for the court’s weekly submission docket. Any party may set a motion on the submission docket by giving the other parties notice of the settings at least 10 days before the Monday of the submission hearing.  

Submission dockets are every Monday at 8 a.m., excluding holidays. 

Read the 458th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more about scheduling a hearing.

Yes. Contact the court coordinator at 458DC@fortbendcountytx.gov to request a virtual hearing. 

Read the 458th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

Associate Judge Patel’s courtroom is in the same building as Judge Bridges in Room 3-G.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Sheila Shifferly at 458DC@fortbendcountytx.gov or Sheila.ShifferlyDC458@fortbendcountytx.gov. Do not call the court coordinator for answers to questions. Do not contact the court coordinator to find out if documents have been filed or ruled on by the court—all information can be found on the online case search.

If your case is in front of Associate Judge Patel, contact the Court Coordinator Cynthia Self at (346) 481-6014 or Cynthia.SelfDC485@fortbendcountytx.gov

Honorable Kali Morgan 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 1-C 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 238-3244 

Watch the 505th Civil Court's court live stream. 

The 505th District Court is supported by Associate Judge LaTosha McGill Clayton. 

Standing Orders for the 505th District and Associate Court

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Limited in person dockets.

You can visit the 505th District Court's webpage for the most up-to-date information. 

Also, read the 505th Zoom Hearing Procedures to be prepared for your hearing and to find the Zoom meeting IDs for Judge Morgan and Associate Judge McGill Clayton’s virtual courtrooms.

All cases filed in the 505th District Court ending in even numbers will be referred to the Associate Judge for hearing and trial, except for final trials when a proper objection is timely filed.  

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing. 

Read the 505th District Court’s Rules of Practice for more details.

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion. 

To request a hearing on an uncontested matter, send an email to 505Hearings@fortbendcountytx.gov. The court coordinator will respond with available dates. Before requesting a hearing, you must complete the Uncontested Matters Checklist on the court’s website. 

To request a contested hearing, send an email to 505Hearings@fortbendcountytx.gov. Temporary Orders are limited to 1 hour per side. The Rules of Practice detail how to schedule a contested hearing for child support, property, enforcements, and temporary restraining orders. 

Beginning on page 2, read the 505th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more about scheduling a hearing. 

Yes. Contact the court coordinator at 505Hearings@fortbendcountytx.gov to request a virtual hearing. 

The scheduling party must provide notice of the virtual hearing to all other parties including a certificate of service. The 505th's Zoom Hearing Procedures provide sample language for the Notice.

Trial dockets are called on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. in person

Adoptions may be heard in person or on Zoom. 

Read the 505th District Court’s Rules of Practice to learn more.

Exhibits and Exhibit Lists must be exchanged with the other side by 12 p.m. the business day before the hearing.

Exhibits for all proceedings must be delivered to the court via email at 505Exhibits@fortbendcountytx.gov or on a USB Flash Drive. Do not email exhibits to the court coordinator or the court reporter. Do not file exhibits with the District Clerk’s Office. Only file Exhibit Lists.

During the hearing, you will show your evidence by using the Share Screen feature on Zoom. 

Beginning on page 7, read the 505th District Court’s Rules of Practice for exhibit procedures for hearings.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

Associate Judge McGill Clayton’s courtroom is in the same building as Judge Morgan in Room 1-A.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Angella Powers at Angella.Powers@fortbendcountytx.gov. Do not use this email to request a hearing date or to submit exhibits. 

Do not call the court coordinator for answers to questions. Do not contact the court coordinator to find out if documents have been filed or ruled on by the court—all information can be found on the online case search.

Honorable Daniel D. Stavinoha 

1422 Eugene Heimann Circle 
Courtroom 20726 
Richmond, Texas 77469 

Phone: (281) 344-3932 

Watch the Title IV-D Court No. 9’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of February 22, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Limited in person dockets.

Contact the court coordinator for information on virtual court procedures.

All documents you want to file with the court must be filed with the District Clerk’s Office through e-filing, in person, fax, or by mail. Contact the District Clerk’s Office with any questions at (281) 341-4509

All motions must include a Certificate of Conference stating you made an effort to resolve the motion with all other parties and lawyers before filing. 

Contact the court coordinator for information on filing rules.

All parties must discuss setting a hearing with the other party before scheduling the hearing and include a Certificate of Conference in their motion. 

Contact the court coordinator for instructions on scheduling a hearing in the Title IV-D Court.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator to find out if you can request a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are being conducted in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

For any questions, contact the Court Coordinator Karen Chalfant at (281) 344-3932.

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