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Justice of the Peace Civil Courts

Effective August 31, 2013, New Rules for Civil Procedure in the Justice court were approved and issued by the Texas Supreme Court.

In accordance with the Act of June 29, 2011, 82nd Leg. 1st C.S., ch. 3 §§ 5.02, 5.07
(HB 79) and the Act of April 2, 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S. (HB 1263), amending section 27.060 of the Texas Government Code and abolishing the small claims court as of August 31, 2013, and pursuant to section 22.004 of the Texas Government Code, Rule 500-510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and section 92.0563(d) of the Texas Property Code are repealed, effective August 31, 2013.

We strongly encourage you to to read the New rules for the Justice Courts as it effects all civil cases within the Justice Court to include Small Slaims, Debt Claims, Repair and Remedy, and Eviction cases!
New forms are available online or in the Justice Court Clerk Office for your convenience. Judge and Clerks are prohibited from providing legal advice or assisting in filling out documents.
  • Click here to view the New rules for Civil Procedure
  • Click here to view the Texas Property Code. (Clicking this link will take you to the Texas Legislative Website.)
  • Click here to take you to the new forms effective August 31, 2013
New case types in the Justice Courts - Effective 8/31/2013
  • Debt Claim: A debt claim case is a lawsuit brought to recover a debt by an assignee of a claim, a debt collector or collection agency, a financial institution, or a person or entity primarily engaged in the business of lending money at interest. The claim can be for no more than $10,000.00 excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any.
  • Eviction: An eviction case is a lawsuit brought to recover possession of real property, often by landlord against a tenant. A claim for rent may be joined with an eviction case if the amount of rent due and unpaid is not more than $10,000.00, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any.
  • Repair and Remedy: A repair and remedy case is a lawsuit filed by a residential tenant under Chapter 92, subchapter B of the Texas Property Code to enforce the landlord’s duty to repair or remedy a condition materially affecting the physical health or safety of an ordinary tenant. The relief sought can be for no more than $10,000.00, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any.
  • Small Claims: A small claims case is a lawsuit brought for the recovery of money damages, civil penalties, personal property, or other relief allowed by law. the claim can be for no more than $10,000.00, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any.
New Fee Schedule - Effective 8/31/2013
Filing Fee Service Fee Total
Petition/Citation $41.00 $90.00 $131.00
Writ of Petition $5.00 $90.00 $95.00
Writ of Re-Entry $5.00 $75.00 $80.00

Writ of Execution/
Sequestration/
Garnishment

$5.00 $175.00 $180.00
New Justice Court Forms
Forms on this page require Acrobat Reader. Click here to to download this free program from the Adobe Web Site. These forms may be filled in online, printed out, and submitted to the Court.