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There are four types of civil suits filed in Justice Court covered in Part V of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure

Disclaimer: The information contained in this section is NOT purported to be all inclusive. Neither is it intended to serve as legal advice. You are strongly encouraged to consult the actual law, or consult with an attorney for answers to your questions.

If you have retained an attorney all correspondence such as hearing dates, resets, motions, etc.… will be sent to the attorney on file. Court clerks are not allowed to give legal advice and may only give information or accept documentation from the attorney on file.

The Travis County Law Library & Self-Help Center, located at the Ned Granger Building at 314 West 11th Street, Suite 140, First Floor, Austin, Texas 78791, has documentation and law books for assistance. 

NOTE: All Justice of the Peace offices now accept civil filings electronically. You can find out more information and get started on e-filing by visiting E-File main self-help menu.

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Steps in the Texas Civil Litigation Process

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Civil Fee Schedule - Fee Increase Effective 1/1/2022

Evictions

An eviction case is a lawsuit brought to recover possession of real property, often by a 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 $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any. All eviction suits must be filed in the Justice of the Peace precinct where the property is located. You can find the precincts by searching the address on the JP Precinct Map.

Information to file suit

Appeals

A party may appeal a judgment by filing bond, making a cash deposit or filing a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs after the judgment is signed. See Justice Court Rules 510.9(a) to determine the timeframe to file an appeal.

See Request for Appeal form

Information for tenants

Legal Aid

Video from Austin Tenants Council

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