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    Small Claim Cases

    A small claims case is a lawsuit brought to recover money damages, civil penalties, personal property, or other relief allowed by law. Small claims cases are governed by Rules 500-507 of Part V of the Rules of Civil Procedure. For information on Justice Court Rules, please visit Texas Judicial Branch Rules and Forms website.

    If you are representing yourself, we encourage you to review the below resources.

    Self-Help Legal Information Packet: Filing a Small Claims Case

    Cómo presentar un caso de reclamos menores

    Self-Help Legal Information Packet: When a Small Claims Case Has Been Filed Against You

    Cuando un caso de reclamos menores ha sido presentado en su contra

    NOTICE:

    All communications from litigants to the Court and the Court to litigants are conducted electronically using E-File Texas (preferred), email or fax. Be aware; that all notices, copies, judgments, and other documents sent by the Court to litigants will come from the JP1court@tarrantcountytx.gov Email address.

    Click here to read the Notice Regarding Electronic Communication

    Click here to read the Electronic Communication local rule

    PAYMENT AND FEES:

    1.    File with Justice Court 1 and serve in Tarrant County

    • $54 filing fee
    • $75 Constable fee for each person being served

    2.    File with Justice Court 1 and serve outside Tarrant County

    • The Plaintiff is responsible for procurement of service upon the defendant. Once the case is accepted and the citation is generated, it will be mailed or emailed (depending on the delivery method requested) to the Plaintiff to forward to the Constable, Sheriff, or other agency serving the citation.

    FORMS NEEDED:

    1.    Small Claims Petition

    2.    Military Affidavit (if applicable)

    3.    Important Information Regarding Exhibits

    • Although not required at the time of filing, it is encouraged that you include any exhibits you might have to prove your case with your initial filing.

    CLICK HERE TO FILE A SMALL CLAIM      

    Note: Cases filed with a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs cannot be filed            using "Guide and File." These cases MUST be filed through EFileTexas.

                    -For information on filing online, please visit E-File.

    Appeal Information

     

    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.

    This page was last modified on November 09, 2022

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