About Criminal Courts Section

The Criminal Court Division provides two court clerks to each Criminal District Court, the Criminal Law Magistrate Court, and a clerk to other Specialty Courts. These clerks are responsible for keeping cases updated as they are heard in court, issuing warrants and directives to the jail, accepting and entering pleadings on active cases, and preparing penitentiary packets to be sent with the defendant to the prison upon conviction.

Criminal Operations

Criminal Operations files all felony indictments, issues subpoenas, sets the case for the first settings and processes all criminal appeals and post-conviction writs.

Felony Background Checks

Criminal Operations conducts felony background checks for Bexar County. The cost for this service is $5.00. A request for a background check can be made in person or by mail only if payment is sent with the mailed request. Public Kiosks are available in our section to allow for on-site self-service record searches.

Felony Records Copies

Copies requested for all felony matters should be requested from this section. The cost for plain and certified copies is $1.00 per page. Copies can be requested in person, by fax, or by mail. Copies will only be made after payment has been received.

Acceptable forms of payment through the mail are cashier's checks and money orders.

Documents filed by defense attorneys on existing cases may be filed directly with the court to which the case is assigned.

Criminal Main Line210-335-2591
Bond Forfeiture Clerk210-335-2165
Subpoena Clerk210-335-2164

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. 81.101. DEFINITION

  1. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. The Supreme Court may promulgate rules prescribing the procedure for limited practice of law by:

    • attorneys licensed in another jurisdiction;
    • bona fide law students; and
    • unlicensed graduate students who are attending or have