Probate Court

About the Probate Court

Upholding the Law in Harris County

The Judge of the Probate Court is a non-partisan constitutional officer elected by the voters of the county to serve four year terms. The Probate Court has exclusive and original jurisdiction over the probate of wills, administration of estates, and the appointment of guardians and conservators for minors and incapacitated adults. Additionally, the Probate Court hears county-wide misdemeanor traffic cases and other misdemeanor offenses including game and fish violations. This court also issues marriage licenses, weapons carry licenses, residency verifications, and public fireworks display permits. The Judge of the Probate Court also performs various administrative duties such as administering the oaths of office to elected officials and approving and recording the required bonds of those officials.

Probate Court Staff

Thomas Lakes

Probate Court Judge

Nancy Stewart

Chief Clerk

Dawn Colvin


Kayla Hay


Mary Burdette


Our County Manager

Meet Randall Dowling

Serving Harris County for 10 Years

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Randall Dowling