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Montgomery County Court Records

Montgomery County court records are official documents filed, generated, and maintained in connection to court proceedings (i.e., hearings and trials) of active and concluded cases heard within the local court system. Court records document and provide information about all that transpired during a legal proceeding.

In Montgomery County, Texas, these records allow for transparency and accountability of the county’s legal system as they can be reviewed to ensure proper legal procedures are taken during court proceedings. In turn, ensuring that parties to a court case are treated fairly and impartially. Furthermore, court records can also serve as evidence in future litigations. For example, when a party files an appellate case in an attempt to appeal a court verdict, the appellate court usually examines the court records from the initial case before rendering a ruling.

Generally, court records are made up of different legal documents. These documents include and are not limited to legal complaints, motions, dockets, briefs, rulings, and testimony transcripts.

Are Court Records Public in Montgomery County?

Yes. Montgomery County court records are subject to Rule 12 of Texas Rules of Judicial Administration and the Common Law Right to Access, both of which permit public access to court records. As a result, anyone can request and access Montgomery County court records through their custodians, such as local courthouses, the local County clerk's office, and the County District Clerk's office. Furthermore, record seekers are not obliged to give a reason as to why they want a record before being granted access to the record. Nonetheless, a record custodian may pose certain inquiries to identify both the requester and the document being sought accurately.

However, certain court records may be sealed or accessible only to certain eligible persons (usually parties to the case). Some examples of such records include family cases, cases involving minors, redacted documents or information, and records made confidential by court order.

Montgomery County Court Records Search

Interested persons can conduct a Montgomery County court records search through any of the following public offices or resources:

  • The Montgomery County Clerk
  • The Montgomery County District Clerk
  • The local courthouse that handled the corresponding court case
  • Third-party aggregate websites

Montgomery County Court Records Search by Name

The easiest way to conduct a county court records search by name in Montgomery County is through the Montgomery County Clerk’s - court records inquiry portal. Record seekers can search for criminal, civil, and probate case records as well as court dates through the portal for free. Record seekers can use the portal to search for court records by name by entering the name of the party—a person or a business—named in the record.

Record seekers may also be able to search for county court records by name in person by visiting the county clerk’s physical address or the local courthouse where the corresponding court case was heard. For further inquiries, interested persons can contact the county clerk at (936) 539-7885.

Montgomery County Courts

Four (4) types of courts are found in Montgomery County: Justice of the Peace courts (justice courts), Municipal Courts, County Courts at Law, and District courts. Each type of court has exclusive and in some cases shared jurisdiction over certain types of court cases. For instance, Justice Courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases that are punishable by fine and share jurisdiction over class C misdemeanor cases with Municipal Courts. The courthouse addresses and contact information of the different types of courts found in Montgomery County are provided below:

Justice of the Peace Courts

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1
Judge Wayne L. Mack

Willis Location
300 South Danville
Willis, Texas 77378
Phone: (936) 539-7801 or (936) 856-7949
Fax: (936) 788-8399

Montgomery Location
19380 Highway 105 West, Ste 507
Montgomery, Texas 77356
Phone: (936) 788-8374 or (281) 364-4200
Fax: (936) 788-8379

Justice of the Peace Precinct 2
Judge Trey Spikes
2241 North 1st Street
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-3788
Fax: (936) 538-7732

Justice of the Peace Precinct 3
Judge Matt Beasley
1520 Lake Front Circle, Suite 100
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Phone: (281) 364-4284 or (936) 539-7803
Fax: (281) 367-3947 or (936) 539-7959

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4
Judge Jason Dunn
22354 Justice Drive
New Caney, Texas 77357
Phone: (281) 577-8970 or (936) 521-8970
Fax: (936) 521-8947 or (281) 577-8947

Justice of the Peace Precinct 5
Judge Matt Masden
19100 Unity Park Drive
Magnolia, Texas 77355
Phone: (281) 259-6494 or (936) 539-7806
Fax: (281) 259-6456 or (936) 760-6989

Municipal Courts

Conroe Municipal Court
700 Old Montgomery Road
Conroe, Texas 77305
Phone: (936) 522-3380

Cut and Shoot Municipal Court
14391 Highway 105 East
Cut and Shoot, Texas 77306
Phone: (936) 264-3100

Magnolia Municipal Court
18111 Buddy Riley Boulevard
Magnolia, Texas 77354
Phone: (832) 934-0605

Montgomery Municipal Court
101 Old Plantersville Road
Montgomery, TX 77316
Phone: (936) 597-6866

Oak Ridge North Municipal Court
27424 Robinson Road
Oak Ridge North, TX 77385
Phone: (281) 292-8736

Panorama Village Municipal Court
99 Hiwon Drive
Panorama Village, TX 77304
Phone: (936) 856-2821

Patton Village Municipal Court
16940 Main Street
Splendora, TX 77372
Phone: (281) 689-9511

Shenandoah Municipal Court
29955 Interstate 45
Shenandoah, TX 77381
Phone: (281) 419-9886

Splendora Municipal Court
26090 FM 2090 East
Splendora, TX 77372
Phone: (281) 399-1352

Woodbranch Village Municipal Court
58 A Woodbranch Drive
New Caney, TX 77357
Phone: (281) 399-2300

Willis Municipal Court
200 North Bell
Willis, TX 77378
Phone: (936) 856-4611

County Courts at Law

County Court at Law 1
Judge John C. Hafley
Atrium Building
210 West Davis Suite 201
Phone: (936) 539-7831
Fax: (936) 538-8090

County Court at Law 3
Judge Amy Tucker
301 North Main, Suite 110
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7973
Fax: (936) 760-6942

County Court at Law 4
Judge Echo Hutson
210 West Davis, Suite 400
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-8174
Fax: (936) 760-6904

County Court at Law 5
Judge Keith Stewart
210 West Davis Suite 250
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-3615
Fax: (936) 538-3617

County Court at Law 6
Judge Scharlene W. Valdez
301 North Main
Office: Suite 107 Courtroom: Suite 113
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-5380
Fax: (936) 538-5390

Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas
Judge Robert Trapp
301 North Thompson, Suite 102
Conroe, Texas 77301
Office 936- 538-8176
Fax: (936) 538-8167

District courts

9th District Court
Judge Phil Grant
Montgomery County Courthouse
207 West Phillips, Suite 306
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7866
Fax: (936) 788-8381

221st District Court
Judge Lisa Michalk
Montgomery County Courthouse
207 W. Phillips, Suite 300
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7808
Fax: (936) 788-8364

284th District Court
Judge Kristin Bays
Montgomery County Courthouse
301 North Main, Suite 201
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7861
Fax: (936) 538-3572

Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas
Judge Robert Trapp
301 North Thompson, Suite 102
Conroe, Texas 77301
Office 936- 538-8176
Fax: (936) 538-8167

359th District Court
Judge Kathleen Hamilton
207 West Phillips, Suite 305
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7900
Fax: (936) 538-8187

410th District Court
Judge Jennifer J. Robin
Montgomery County Courthouse
301 North Main Suite 214
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7860 or (281) 364-4200
Fax: (936) 538-8160

418th District Court
Judge Tracy A. Gilbert
301 North Main, Suite 217
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-3618
Fax: (936) 538-3660

435th District Court
Judge Patty Maginnis
207 W. Phillips, Suite 307 - Offices
207 W. Phillips, Suite 302 - Courtroom
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-3532
Fax: (936) 538-3619

457th District Court
Judge Vince Santini
301 North Main
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-3697
Fax: (936) 539-7967

Office of Indigent Defense
Montgomery County Courthouse
300 North Main, Rm. 303
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 538-8173
Fax: (936) 538-8165

Montgomery County Superior Court Case Search

The court structure of Texas is made up of five levels:

  • The highest appellate courts (the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals)
  • The intermediate appellate courts (Courts of Appeals)
  • The trial courts of general and special jurisdiction (District Courts)
  • County trial courts of limited jurisdiction (County-Level Courts)
  • Local trial courts of limited jurisdiction (Justice Courts and Municipal courts)

As a result, there are no superior courts in Montgomery County. The typical jurisdiction of superior courts in other states, like California, is shared among other types of courts in Montgomery County, such as district, county-level, justice, and municipal courts.

Montgomery County District Court Records

Montgomery County district courts handle different types of court cases including civil, felony criminal, family law, and juvenile court cases. In total, more than seven (7) district courts serve Montgomery County alone.

Interested persons can obtain Montgomery County District Court records through the Montogomery County’s District Clerk office. Record seekers can request copies of District Court records from the District Clerk’s Record and Research Department in person or by mail using dedicated forms the clerk provides. These forms include the request for copies form (for public records) and the request to unseal records form (for sealed records). It is worth noting that the District Clerk charges fees for furnishing copies of requested records; $1 per page for plain copies and $1 per page plus an additional $5 certification for certified copies. These fees are payable by money orders, cashier’s checks, or cash. Personal business checks are not accepted.

After completing the appropriate request form, a requester can finalize their request by mailing or submitting the completed form along with the relevant fees to the Montogomery County’s District Clerk office at:

Mailing address

Attn: Records and Research
P.O. Box 2985
Conroe, TX 77305

Physical Address

301 N. Main Street, Suite 103,
Conroe, TX 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7855

Requesters can expect to get a response from the District Clerk within 10 business days after submitting a record request.

Record seekers can also access Montgomery County district court records online through the Court Records Inquiry portal the District Clerk provides. This portal is free to use and can be searched using a case number, case party information, attorney information, or date filed.

Montgomery County Criminal Records

Under the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA), certain criminal records generated and maintained by law enforcement agencies are considered public records. Some examples of these records include criminal offense reports and criminal history records. The former is only made public if the parent case is closed and a conviction has been entered or is inactive. Meanwhile the latter only provides records of arrests, prosecutions, and disposition of cases of individuals arrested for class B misdemeanor offenses or greater.

Interested persons can request criminal offense reports in Montgomery County through the county’s sheriff’s office by appropriately completing and submitting the open record request form the office provides. On the other hand, record seekers can use the Computerized Criminal History System (CCH) provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to search for public criminal history records. Note that users can search for records by a subject’s name on the CCH system and they must create an account to use the system.

Montgomery County Criminal Court Case Lookup

In Montgomery County, criminal court cases fall under the jurisdiction of District Courts and County Court at Law. District courts have exclusive jurisdiction over felony criminal cases. Meanwhile, County Courts at Law handle misdemeanor criminal cases. Hence, inquirers must first determine the type of criminal case record being sought after to appropriately their lookup direct queries.

Queries to lookup felony criminal court cases should be directed to the Montgomery County District Clerk. As previously explained, inquirers can utilize the request forms provided by the District clerk (i.e. the request for copies form and the request to unseal records) to make queries in person or by mail. Alternatively, inquirers can lookup felony criminal case records online through the District Clerk Court Records Inquiry portal.

Meanwhile, to lookup misdemeanor criminal cases, record seekers can query the Montgomery County Clerk. Queries can be made online through the County Clerk - Court Records Inquiry portal. Note that inquirers may also be able to lookup criminal court cases by visiting the specific courthouse in Montgomery County where the case was heard to make queries in person.

Get Montgomery County Civil Court Records

In Montgomery County, civil cases where the total amount in dispute is less than $200 fall under the jurisdiction of County-Level Courts. Meanwhile, District Courts have original jurisdiction over civil cases where the disputed amount is more than $200.

Given that the Montgomery County clerk serves as the custodian of the County-Level Courts records, the clerk's office may be queried to obtain records of civil court cases heard at county-level courts. As explained previously, record seekers can use the County Clerk - Court Records Inquiry portal to search and access records the county clerk maintains, including civil court records.

On the other hand, interested persons can access civil court records that the Montgomery County District Clerk maintains through the District Clerk Court Records Inquiry portal. Alternatively, record seekers can utilize the request forms (i.e. the request for copies form and the request to unseal records) the district clerk provides to request for civil court records from the District Clerk’s office in person or by mail.

Record seekers may also be able to get Montgomery County civil court records by making an in-person query at the specific county court at law or district courthouse where the civil case was heard.

Montgomery County Family Court Records

Montgomery County district courts have exclusive jurisdiction over family law cases (which include dissolution of marriage, child support, spousal support, adoption, paternity, and more) in the county. As explained in previous headers, the Montgomery County District Clerk serves as the county custodian of District Court records.

Hence, record seekers query the Montgomery County District Clerk to access and request copies of family court records. Queries can be made online through the District Clerk Court Records Inquiry portal. Alternatively, record seekers can utilize the request forms the clerk provides (i.e. the request for copies form and the request to unseal records) to make their request by mail or in person at the county District Clerk’s office physical address.

In-person queries may also be made at the specific district courthouse where the family law case was handled.

Montgomery Dissolution of Marriage Records

Montgomery County’s dissolution of marriage records fall under family court records. Hence, record seekers can access these records through the Montgomery County District Clerk or at the specific district courthouse where the case was finalized, as explained in the previous header.

Montgomery County Marriage and Divorce Records

In Montgomery County, divorce records are maintained by the County District Clerk. Meanwhile, marriage records are maintained by the County Clerk. Both divorce records and marriage records are public in Texas pursuant to the provision Texas Public Information Act (TPIA). Hence, anyone can request copies of these records from their respective custodians.

To request or access Montgomery County divorce records, record seekers can utilize the District Clerk Court Records Inquiry portal. An alternative is utilizing the request forms the District Clerk provides (i.e. the request for copies form and the request to unseal records) to a request for divorce records by mail or in person at the District Clerk’s office.

On the other hand, interested persons can request copies of Montgomery County marriage records through the county clerk's office, in person or online. For in-person requests, record seekers can visit the county clerk’s main office and utilize the kiosk near the information desk lobby. Montgomery County clerk’s main office is located at:

210 West Davis (Hwy 105)
Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: (936) 539-7885

Meanwhile, to access Montgomery County marriage records online, record seekers can utilize the Montgomery County Clerk Online Services website. Note that, to access the site, users must log in or create an account. Users are also provided with the option to log in as a guest. Once logged in, users can search for marriage records, such as Montgomery County Marriage certificates, by a subject’s name.

Montgomery County Birth and Death Records

Montgomery County Vital records such as birth and death records are confidential in Texas. As a result, only certain qualified persons can access and obtain copies of these records from their custodians. These qualified persons include:

  • The record’s registrant (the person named on the record)
  • The registrant’s immediate family members, such as their parent, grandparent, child, sister, brother, spouse, legal guardian, or conservator.
  • Individuals acting under contract for the registrant, such as a legal representative or agent

In Montgomery County, birth and death records share the same custodian - the Montgomery County Clerk. Hence, qualified persons can query the county clerk’s office to access and request copies of county birth and death records, such as birth and death certificates. To request death records or birth records, qualified persons must provide proper identification (such as their driver’s license or other forms of identification) as well as the following information:

  • The record registrant’s full name
  • The date and place of death
  • The registrant's father’s full name
  • The registrant's mother’s maiden name
  • The requester's name, address, and phone number
  • The requester's relationship to the person on the death or birth record

Record seekers can use the county clerk’s request forms (Death Certificate Form or Birth Certificate Form) facilitate their to request. Relevant forms must be appropriately filed, signed by the requester, and notarized. Note that the county clerk charges a fee for birth and death records requests. These fee amounts are outlined on the request form.

After completing the request form, record seekers can submit the form in person at the county clerk’s office. Requesters should come along with a valid form of identification (such as a valid driver’s license) and means of making required payment (cash or checks).

Alternatively, record seekers can opt to submit their request by mail to the county clerk. In this case, a complete request application can be mailed to the county clerk. The request application should consist of the following:

  • The completed, signed, and notarized request form
  • A copy of the requester’s valid driver’s license or other identification,
  • A check or money order made payable to “Montgomery County Clerk” (for payment of necessary fees)
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope.

Note that Montgomery County birth records are uniquely maintained. Montgomery County Clerk only maintains birth records for births that occurred in the county before 1926. For newer Montgomery County birth certificates and records (i.e. for births that occurred from 1926 to the present), record seekers would need to contact the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) vital records division.

Montgomery County Probate Court Records

In Montgomery County, county-level courts have exclusive jurisdiction over probate cases. As previously explained, the Montgomery County clerk serves as the custodian of county-level court records. Hence, record seekers can query the county clerk to request probate court records. Queries can be made online through the County Clerk - Court Records Inquiry portal, specifically the Civil & Probate Case Records section.

Montgomery County Property Records

Some Montgomery County property records are obtainable through the County Clerk's office. These records include deeds, land patent records, mortgages, judgments, and tax liens.

Interest persons can request for plain and certified copies of these public property records from the Montgomery County Clerk's office by mail using the Official Public Records Copy Request form. Note the requesters are charged $1 per page plain and $6 ($1 + $5 for certification) per page for a certified copy of property records.

To make Montgomery County property records requests by mail, requesters must appropriately complete the aforementioned request form and make out a check, cashier’s check, or money order payable to: the Montgomery County Clerk for the fee for relevant fees. These two items, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (to assist the office in sending copies of documents back), can be mailed to the Montgomery County Clerk at:

P.O. Box 959
Conroe, Texas 77305

Requesters can expect a 24-72 hour turnaround for mailed record requests. Record Seekers can also access Montgomery County property records online through the county clerk’s public access website. Furthermore, plain copies of property records are downloadable and printable through the website. Interested persons can contact the county clerk at (936) 539-7885 for more inquiries or visit the Recording & Research Fees page.

Montgomery County Court Records Online

Besides government channels, public Montgomery County court records are available online through third-party websites like courtrecords.us. The benefits of using these third-party websites over government channels are ease of use, minimal information needed to search, and lack of paperwork. Typically, only a subject name is required to search for records through these websites.

Furthermore, most third-party websites offer no geographical limitation. This implies that users may be able to access records of an entire jurisdiction (such as a county, state, or country ). Some of these websites operate by maintaining an online searchable database of property records they make publicly accessible for a fee or by assisting requesters in obtaining public records from relevant government channels for a fee. These fees may be a one-time payment for a requested record or a recurring monthly or yearly subscription.

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