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    Appeal Information

    Appeal Information (Evicton/Civil)
    Appeal means to call upon a higher court to review a lower court’s decision.

    Justice Court Rules

    Texas Rules of Civil Procedure

     

    Eviction appeal: Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (T.R.C.P) 510.9

    A)      How Taken, Time: A party may appeal a judgment in an eviction case by filing a bond, making a cash deposit, or filing a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs with the justice court within five days after the judgment is signed.

    B)      Amount of Security, Terms: The justice court judge will set the amount of the bond or cash deposit to include the items enumerated in Rule 510.11. The bond or cash deposit must be payable to the appellee and must be conditioned on the appellant’s prosecution of its appeal to effect and payment of any judgment and all costs rendered against it on appeal.

    C)      Statement of Inability:

                    1.      Filing: An appellant who cannot furnish a bond or pay a cash deposit in the amount required may instead file a Statement of                                             Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs. The Statement must be on the form approved by the Supreme Court or                                                             include the information required by the Court-approved form.

                    2.      Contest: The Statement may be contested as provided in Rule 502.3(d) within 5 days after the opposing party receives notice                                         that the Statement was filed.

                    3.      Appeal if contest sustained: If the contest is sustained, the appellant may appeal that decision by filing notice with the justice                                      court within five days of that court’s written order.

                    4.      If no appeal or if appeal overruled: If the appellant does not appeal the ruling sustaining the contest, or if the county court                                          denies the appeal, the appellant may, within one business day, post an appeal bond or make a cash deposit in                                                                      compliance with this rule.

                    5.      Payment of Rent in Nonpayment of Rent Appeals:

                                            a)      Notice: If a defendant appeals an eviction for nonpayment of rent by filing a Statement of Inability to Afford                                                                          Payment of Court Cost, the justice court must provide to the defendant a written notice at the                                                                                              time the statement if filed that contains the following information in bold or                                                                                                                              conspicuous type, see (Rule 510.9(5)(a)).

                                            b)     Defendant may remain in possession. A defendant who appeals an eviction for nonpayment of rent by filing a                                                             Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Cost is entitled to stay in possession of the premises                                                                                 during the pendency of the appeal by complying with the following procedure, see (Rule                                                                                                         510.9(5)(a)).

    D)     Notice to Other Parties Required: If a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs is filed, the court must provide notice to all other parties that the Statement was filed no later than the next business day. Within five days of filing a bond or making a cash deposit, an appellant must serve written notice of the appeal on all other parties using a method approved under Rule 501.4.

     

     

    Civil appeal: Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (T.R.C.P) 506.1

    A)      How Taken, Time: A party may appeal a judgment by filing a bond, making a cash deposit, or filing a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs with the Justice Court within 21 days after the judgment is signed or motion to reinstate, motion to set aside, or motion for new trial, if any is denied (Rule 506.1(a)).

    B)      Amount of Bond; Sureties; Terms:  A plaintiff must file a $500 bond. A defendant must file a bond in an amount equal to twice the amount of the judgment. The bond must be supported by a surety or sureties approved by the judge. The bond must be payable to the appellee and must be conditioned on the appellant’s prosecution of its appeal to effect and payment of any judgment and all costs rendered against it on appeal.

    C)      Cash Deposit in Lieu of Bond: In lieu of filing a bond, an appellant may deposit with the clerk of the court cash in the amount required of the bond. The deposit must be payable to the appellee and must be conditioned on the appellant’s prosecution of its appeal to effect and payment of any judgment and all costs rendered against it on appeal.

    D)     Statement of Inability:

                    1.      Filing: An appellant who cannot furnish a bond or pay a cash deposit in the amount required may instead file a Statement of                                              Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs. The Statement must be on the form approved by the Supreme Court or                                                              include the information required by the Court-approved form and may be the same one that was filed with                                                                          the petition (Rule 506.1(d)(1))

                    2.      Contest: The statement may be contested as provided in Rule 502.3(d) within seven days after the opposing party receives notice that                             the Statement was filed.

                    3.      Appeal if contest sustained: If the contest is sustained, the appellant may appeal that decision by filing notice with the justice                                              court within seven days of that court’s written order.

                    4.      If no appeal or if appeal overruled: If the appellant does not appeal the ruling sustaining the contest, or if the county court denies                                      the appeal, the appellant may, within five day, post an appeal bond or make a cash deposit in compliance with this rule.

    E)      Notice to Other Parties Required: If a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs is filed, the court must provide notice to all other parties that the Statement was filed no later than the next business day. Within seven days of filing a bond or making a cash deposit, an appellant must serve written notice of the appeal on all other parties using a method approved under Rule 501.4.

     

    FORMS AVAILABLE:

    Notice of Appeal with Statement of Inability (Eviction)

    Notice of Appeal with Statement of Inability (Civil)

    Notice of Appeal with Surety Bond (Civil and Eviction)

    Notice of Appeal with Cash Deposit (Civil and Eviction)

    Affidavit for Individual Sureties on Appeal Bonds (Civil)

    Affidavit for Individual Sureties on Appeal Bonds (Eviction)

    Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs  

    Notice to Defendant/Tenant –for Nonpayment of rent (Eviction)

    Notice of Appeal - General (Civil)

    Notice of Appeal - General (Eviction)

     

    APPEAL FEES:

    MAKE PAYABLE TO JUSTICE COURT ONE

    Justice Court appeal fee: $20

    • Cash (exact change), Cashier’s checks, Money order, Business check
    • Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs

    County Court at Law filing fee: $254

    • Cash (exact change), Cashier’s checks, Money order
    • Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs

    Rent payment: -for nonpayment of rent appeal & refer to judgment copy

    • Cash (exact change) , Cashier’s checks, Money Order

    Bond fee: set by court –refer to judgment copy or call 817-884-1395

    • Cash (exact change), Cashier’s checks, Money Order
    • Surety –at least two sureties
    • Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs

     

    Appeals will not be accepted through eFile at this time.

     

     Accessibility Notice: Due to the complexity of the preceding documents, these documents are scanned images. If you require assistance in accessing the information, you may contact the Justice Court at 817-884-1395.