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.(1) Tarrant County COVID-19 Information
33rd Emergency Order
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 33rd Emergency Order, related to Jury Trials.
32nd Emergency Order
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 32nd Emergency Order, extending the Cares Act and CDC Declaration Requirement until January 31, 2021. Below are some important highlights:
State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program- EFFECTIVE February 1, 2021
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 28th Emergency Order, delaying the implementation of the State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program in counties that are not designated by OCA as pilot counties until Spring 2021. Below are some important highlights:
The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps Texas tenants stay in their homes and provides landlords an alternative to eviction. The TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance for eligible tenants who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been sued for eviction. Both the tenant and the landlord must agree to participate and meet the requirements in the chart below. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).
For more information on the State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program Click on the links below.
TEDP Informational Brochures
The 31st Emergency Order expires March 15, 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 at 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 court room 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.
All Jury Trials have been postponed through April 1, 2021.
The court understands that timely resolution of cases is important to all parties. Therefore, we want to make you aware of several options that will allow you to continue with your case without further delay.
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% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. To learn if your situation is one that 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 helps residents who have suffered economically from the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.
Tarrant County Rental Assistance Program
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
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 main line at 817-534-0814. The agency’s friendly staff will be working to solve for limited financial assistance and long-term case management needs and will be happy to direct calls to community partners if they are unable to provide assistance for any reason.
Continue to check our website for updates as more information becomes available.
Accessibility Notice: Due to the complexity of the preceding documents, these documents are scanned images. If you require assistance in accessing the information, please contact Justice Court One at 817-884-1395.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
Tarrant County provides the information contained in this web site as a public service. Every effort is made to ensure that information provided is correct. However, in any case where legal reliance on information contained in these pages is required, the official records of Tarrant County should be consulted. Tarrant County is not responsible for the content of, nor endorses any site which has a link from the Tarrant County web site.
This site is best experienced with supported browsers: Internet Explorer 9 and above, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. If you use an older or unsupported browser, you might notice that some features do not function properly. Click the browser name above to learn more about the recommended browsers.