- Debt Claim
- Repair & Remedy
- Small Claims
- Occupational Driver's License
- Tow Hearings
- Court Fees
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 $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any. Access the documentation needed to file a Debt Claim Case (PDF).
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. Access the documentation needed to file an EVICTION PACKET 2021.
33rd Emergency Order - Effective January 14, expires April 1, 2021. Broad order extending the previous authorization of delay/modification of procedures when necessary due to COVID-19 through April 1; prohibiting in-person (but not virtual) jury trials in justice court until April 1; and requiring courts to follow OCA guidance related to in-person proceedings. See the sections on guidance for in-person and remote hearings for more information (Read the 33rd Emergency Order here.)
34th Emergency Order - Effective January 29, expires March 31, 2021. Requires plaintiffs in residential eviction cases to include information in the petition about whether the premises are a covered dwelling under the CARES Act and if proper notice to vacate was given; whether the premises secures a FHA-insured Single Family mortgage; as well as whether a CDC eviction moratorium Declaration has been provided to the landlord. Provides procedure for cases where a Declaration has been provided, and requires courts to send a copy of the Declaration along with a citation containing information about the moratorium. The information required to be in the citation was updated, TJCTC has updated forms in the Forms and Documents sections above. See the Eviction Cases and CDC Moratorium sections for more information. (Read the 34th Emergency Order here.)
The CDC Eviction Moratorium has been extended until June 30, 2021. However, the Texas Supreme Court's 34th Emergency Order, which applied the provisions of the moratorium to Texas courts, has expired, effective March 31, 2021. TJCTC Response
35th Emergency Order - Effective February 15; expires May 12, 2021. This order expands statewide the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, which is designed to curb a surge of COVID-related evictions, assist vulnerable tenants, and provide an alternative to eviction for landlords (Read the 35th Emergency Order here.) Eligibility for the program will be determined by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). Please see the Diversion Program FAQ section above for full information and to download the forms and documents related to the program.
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 $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any. Access the documentation needed to file a Repair and Remedy Case (PDF).
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 $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any. Access the documentation needed to file a Small Claims Case (PDF).
Occupational Driver’s License (ODL)
An Occupational Driver’s License (ODL) is a restricted license that lets you drive at certain times, on specific days, under certain conditions, when you have an “essential need to drive.” An “essential need” means you need to drive for work, get to and from work or school, or perform necessary household duties. You cannot request a (ODL) if your license was suspended for medical reasons, suspended for failing to pay child support or you wish to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
If your license was automatically suspended or cancelled following a conviction, file the Petition in the same court that convicted you. If your license was not suspended or cancelled following a conviction, file the Petition in the county where you live or where the offence occurred. You may have a choice between filing in District Court, County Court-at-Law or Justice of the Peace (JP) court.
The owner or operator of a vehicle towed and placed in a vehicle storage facility without consent, or booted without consent, is entitled to a hearing on whether probable cause existed for the removal or booting of the vehicle. Any Justice Court in the County in which the vehicle was towed or booted may hear the case. Access the documentation needed to file a Tow Hearing Case (PDF).