a County of El Paso Texas - District Clerk

Important Notices

NEW YEAR CHANGES REGARDING FEES AS PER SB1612, Effective January 1, 2024
Pursuant to SB1612 87th Texas Legislature, the District Clerk’s Fee Schedule has changed, effective January 1, 2024. Please see new fee schedule, which includes court costs and copy fees. Please note that an asterisk * will indicate changes to a fee.

Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, Passport Acceptance Services Are Now Available by Appointment Only
For information regarding passport acceptance services, please click here.

On October 20, 2022, the Texas Supreme Court approved the amendment of the Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs or an Appeal Bond and obsoleting the previously approved form. Please ensure that you are using the approved form before submitting your filing to the District Clerk’s Office. Click here to view the form.

Press Release

× District Clerk’s Office will resume its Passport Acceptance Services by Appointment Only, Effective Today Monday, August 2, 2021.

× District Clerk Services
As a result of the pandemic and the continued variant threat, the District Clerk continues to work electronically, via email services and limited passport service (by appointment only).

Self-represented litigants may electronically file their petition or pleadings through the efiling services:
If you are familiar with eFiling on the efile.txcourts.gov system and have chosen one of the following EFSP’s approved by the Office of the Court Administration (additional EFSPs will be added once they meet the certification requirements outlined by the Office of Court Administration), you may continue to use the same EFSP with efile.txcourts.gov:

If not, it is imperative that you select an EFSP and register to transition to eFileTexas.gov in order to avoid delays filing your documents electronically and/or delays in complying with the Texas Supreme Court mandate

Efile Texas Self Help is also available to assist with filings at: https://selfhelp.efiletexas.gov/SRL.

Search Warrants if at all possible, please obtain the jail magistrate’s signature that is on 24/7 duty and will need to be filed with the District Clerk’s Office, which is located at the downtown jail on the first floor at the downtown jail located at 601 E. Overland Ave. For more information, please call our office at: (915) 834-8255

Citation requests will need to be efiled with detailed information to include the requestor’s email address. Citation issuance will be emailed to the requestor. Citation returns will need to be efiled to the District Clerk’s Office for filing. For additional information, email us at districtclerk@epcounty.com.

Thank you for patience and understanding.

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Norma Favela Barceleau
District Clerk
Norma Favela Barceleau

Contact Information

District Clerk Office
500 E. San Antonio, Suite 103
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2021
Fax (915) 546-8139

More Information

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Schedule of Fees
Statutory Reports

To serve the judiciary and the public with integrity through high moral standards, firm principles, professionalism, and compliance with the laws of the United States and the State of Texas.

What's New


(a) A private employer may not terminate the employment of a permanent employee because the employee serves as a juror or grand juror.

(b)An employee whose employment is terminated in violation of this section is entitled to return to the same employment that the employee held when summoned for jury or grand jury service if the employee, as soon as practical after release from that service, gives the employer actual notice that the employee intends to return. Click on the following link to view the entire house bill:

Self-help resources are available for the public
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Important Notice:  On October 18, 2018, the Council of Judges took action to direct the District Clerk to only accept the Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs or an Appeal Bond as approved by the Texas Supreme Court.  Effective November 1, 2018, forms submitted that do not comply with the Council of Judge’s action will be rejected by the District Clerk.
Statement of Inability Form - English/Spanish

File your case on the internet:
Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs (Fee Waiver)

Phone Scam Public Service Announcement: The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the citizens of El Paso County aware of a telephone scam that has claimed several victims. Several people around El Paso County have received phone calls from a person claiming to Dep. Paul Cross of the “Sheriff’s Department”.
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Civil (Family) Cases


Family Rules




Gabriela Ruiz
Administrative Specialist Senior
(915) 834-8255
Ext #8255

Samuel Castaneda
Administrative Specialist Senior
(915) 546-2021
Ext #4405

Laura Yeager
Administrative Services Manager
(915) 546-2021
Ext # 3723

The Criminal Division is responsible for assisting the courts and attorneys in the assignment of all new criminal suits and other filed pleadings. The Criminal Division works in conjunction with the Jail Magistrate and preindictment pleadings. The Criminal Division issues warrant numbers and coordinates with jail personnel. Criminal case files are stored within this division. The Criminal Division maintains documentation and processing of cash bonds and all ledgers for bail bond forfeitures. Because of the need to provide each of the 13 District Courts with a clerk, it is the largest division in the District Clerk's Office. This makes it necessary to divide the division in two.
The Criminal Division, upon request, will provide background checks. To search pending criminal cases please visit

An expungement of records is a procedure whereby a court orders the annulment and destruction of records of an arrest or other court proceedings. For more information, please call our Expungement Clerk, Annette Thompson-Ibarra.

Link to Courts

This Division maintains hundreds of thousands of cases that have been filed in the District Clerks Office. They are also responsively accessible to the public on submission of a request form to the Customer Service Division. This division also maintains locations on all case files.

Request a File
Request a Copy
Abigail M. Gallegos
Criminal/Family/JPD/Civil Appeals, Post-Conviction Writs
(915) 546-2021
Ext: 3510

Janina Brown
Criminal/Family/JPD/Civil Appeals, Post-Conviction Writs
(915) 546-2021
Ext: 4408

The Appeals Division handles criminal (felony) and civil cases on direct appeal, as well as Post Conviction Writs of Habeas Corpus. This division is responsible for docketing appellate cases and the preparation of the clerk's records to be presented to the Eighth Court of Appeals and/or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The Appeals Division is also responsible for the data entry and scanning of all documents filed with the division. Requests to view these files are to be directed to this division.
Lori Gonzalez
Court Clerk Senior
(915) 546-2021
Ext #3422

Stephannie Najera
Court Clerk Senior
(915) 546-2021
Ext: 5735

Requests for viewing an adoption file or obtaining a decree of adoption are granted to very few individuals actually involved in the case due to their sensitive matter. Requests for the former and latter should include as a minimum:
- The case number
- The name of the child BEFORE and AFTER the adoption
- The adoptive parent's names
- The child's date of birth