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Eastern District of Texas

Honorable Rodney Gilstrap, Chief Judge
David A. O'Toole, Clerk of Court

  • What is the interest rate on a judgment filed on a particular date?

    Please see the Post Judgment Interest Rates section.

  • May I obtain surety in lieu of paying a bond to stay the enforcement of a judgment?

    Yes, unless otherwise ordered. Please see Local Rule CV-62 and the information found on the Bonds and Power of Attorney page.

  • What is the balance on restitution, fines, Mandatory Special Assessment or investments?

    Contact the financial department  for the Eastern District of Texas at (903) 590-1045.

  • To whom do we make our checks payable?

    Checks are to be made payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court. However, cashiers checks are required for payment of criminal bonds.

  • At what amount is a bond set?

    The amount of the bond is set at the discretion of the judge and found on the appearance bond.

  • What type of payment do you accept?

    Effective February 1, 2016, the Clerk's Office will no longer accept cash as a form of payment at any office within the Eastern District of Texas.
    Accepted forms of payment are checks, money orders, credit, and debit cards.
    Note: Payments will no longer be accepted over the phone effective 10/30/2019.

  • What is the maximum limit for credit and debit card transactions

    Credit and Debit Card Transaction Limitations

    If you would like to pay your federal debt or obligation with a credit or debit card, please be advised the court is limited to a maximum amount as established by the Bureau of Fiscal Service. Criminal debt may only be paid with a debit card, money order, or cashier check. Debit card payments must be made in person.

    Effective October 30, 2019 ~

    • Individual payment transactions using a debit or credit card must not exceed $24,999.99;
    • A debit and/or credit card payment may not be split to exceed the maximum transaction limit;
    • Multiple debit and/or credit cards may not be used to split an amount owed into two or more payments to exceed the maximum limit;
    • Multiple transactions over multiple days may not be made to avoid exceeding the maximum allowable limit.


    If you have a payment in excess of $24,999.99, please obtain a bank check or money order for your payment.