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IMPORTANT NOTICE OF FEE INCREASE

Effective January 1, 2022, the fees for filing a civil case in the Justice Court have been consolidated and have increased. Addtionally, motions for new trial and appeals will require a filing fee to be paid at the time of filing.

The increease in filing fees is persuant to SB 41 passed by the 87th Legislature signed into law with an effective date of January 1, 2022.

Attention: All electronic filings of civil petitions and/or proposed orders must separate exhibits from motions, petitions, proposed orders, etc. Filings in which all documents are grouped together in a single e-file will be returned for resubmission.

Default judgment filings MUST attach each piece of evidence as a separate exhibit.

Filing 1: Motion for Default Judgment

Filing 2: Proposed Order for Default Judgment”

Read the e-filing letter from Judge Sylvia Holmes and the Court Rules - update for civil e-filing.

There are four types of civil suits filed in Justice Court: Debt Claim, Eviction, Repair and Remedy and Small Claims. Part V of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure cover the Rules of Practice in Justice Court.

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.

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 78701 (Map), 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.

Justice of the Peace Court filing fees vary, depending on what type of civil case. Constable and Sheriff service fees vary by county.

Initial Filing

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Debt Claim

A debt claim case is a special kind of lawsuit filed in a justice court to be heard by a justice of the peace to recover money that is owed. A debt claim case can be filed by:

  1. A bank or other financial institution,
  2. A collection agency or agent,
  3. A person or company whose business is lending money at interest, or
  4. A person or company who bought debt or a judgment from another person or company.

Usually, the case is filed over a loan that hasn’t been repaid or outstanding credit card debt. The person or company who files the case is called the plaintiff and the person they file the case against is called the defendant.

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Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3

8656-B West Hwy 71, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78735 (Map)

Hours

Office Hours by phone or email:
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
- Monday-Friday
Closed for lunch 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Lobby Hours:
Open Mon - Fri
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Closed for lunch: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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JP3 reserves the right to adjust filing fees. Fees may be adjusted contingent on the accuracy of "Filing Codes" or "Optional Services" elected by the filer.

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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