What you need to know about how Coronavirus is affecting Justice Court 1 Procedures and Docket
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley has signed a declaration of local disaster due to a public health emergency.
The order was signed to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tarrant County.
Supreme Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium
The United States Supreme Court has held that the CDC does not have the legal authority to impose a nationwide moratorium on evictions. Click here to vew the Court’s decision.
As a result of this decision, justice courts no longer need to inform a landlord in an eviction case of the CDC moratorium or ask the landlord if they wish to wait until the expiration of the moratorium to proceed with their case. The CDC moratorium has been vacated and a CDC Declaration is no longer an adequate basis for a stay of an eviction case. If a case was previously stayed because of the filing of a CDC Declaration, the court may now proceed with the case.
However, this decision does not affect the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP).
State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 37th Emergency Order, renewing the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) Set-Aside of the Texas Rent Relief (TRR) Program. The TEDP helps Texas tenants stay in their homes and provides landlords an alternative to eviction.
36th Emergency Order
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 36th Emergency Order, effective immediately. Authority for courts to take steps to eliminate the risk of the spread of COVID, including modifying or suspending deadlines and procedures, is extended until June 1, 2021.
With the recent developments regarding COVID-19, we are experiencing heavier than normal call volume. If you have any questions or concerns, we strongly encourage you to email these to JP1Court@tarrantcounty.com. We will answer your email on a first come-first served basis and as soon as possible.
Justice Court, Pct. 1
Justice Court, Pct. 1 is now open for all matters to include weddings. We encourage our customers to continue to utilize E-File Texas and E-File Texas Self-help to file new cases or file into your existing case. In cases where utilizing our online tools is not feasible, please call in advance to schedule an appointment.
During any crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, safety comes first. Recognizing the need to ensure the health and safety of litigants, attorney, visitors, court staff, judges, and other individuals, the below court procedure changes have been made;
Before being allowed access to the courtroom as well as the court’s office area, visitors will be asked the following questions:
If you answer YES to any of the questions outlined above, please DO NOT come in person. Contact the court at 817-884-1395 or JP1court@tarrantcounty.com.
If you answer NO, you will be required to follow the social distancing and health guidelines below.
Jury Trials will resume June 1, 2021.
COVID Related Job Loss Eviction Assistance
Tarrant County’s Human Services Department may be able to provide you assistance if you have been evicted or about to be evicted due to a reduction of income related to a Covid related job loss and your income is below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. To learn if your situation may qualify, contact Human Services by calling 817-531-5620, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Emergency Help for Fort Worth Families (Assists Renters and Homeowners with a Mortgage)
The City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department is accepting applications to help residents with housing and other household expenses resulting from COVID-19. CARES Act Funds help residents who have suffered economically from the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.
Tarrant County Rental Assistance Program
The 2020 Care 4 Tarrant program provided rental assistance to over 2,300 households within Tarrant County, but a large need still exists. Through ERAP, Tarrant County hopes to continue providing rent and utility assistance to residents financially hurt by COVID-19.
ERAP is open to Tarrant County renters outside the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington.
State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
For questions regarding the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, please call 817-392-7540.
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
While many community agencies may have to close their doors, Catholic Charities Fort Worth is open and still serving clients as usual while accepting new clients. Anyone seeking help should call CCFW’s mainline at 817-534-0814. The agency’s friendly staff will be working to solve limited financial assistance and long-term case management needs and will be happy to direct calls to community partners if they are unable to assist for any reason.
Continue to check our website for updates as more information becomes available.
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