John D. Kinard, District Clerk
***District Clerk Warns Citizens of Jury Fraud***
District Clerk, John D. Kinard, warns the citizens of Galveston County against individuals perpetrating jury fraud. Criminals, pretending to be a local law enforcement officer, are calling citizens stating that they have failed to appear for jury duty and they owe a large sum of money as a fine for failing to appear. Mr. Kinard states that under no circumstances will a member of our staff, court staff, or a law enforcement officer ever call a citizen to advise that a fine is owed, or make arrangements for the payment of the same. Any formal notification of a fine would come in written form. Any citizens who receive a call which appears to be suspicious to them is encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agency or the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department. They may also call the District Clerk’s Jury Clerk at (409) 766-2319 with any questions or concerns.
The District Clerk's Office has several functions that are extremely important to the integrity and efficiency of the judicial process. One of the most important functions of the District Clerk is the selection of jurors for the six District Courts and three County Courts of Galveston County. The District Clerk also provides jurors to Galveston County Justice of Peace Courts and City of Galveston Municipal Courts upon request. Recording and maintaining court records is absolutely necessary to function of the judicial process.
The District Clerk is designated as the custodian of all records relating to or lawfully deposited in the clerk's office. These records include all court pleadings and papers that are part of any cause of action, civil or criminal, in the courts served by the District Clerk. In addition, the clerk is required to index and secure all court records, collect filing fees, and handle funds awarded to minor.