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Civil Cases

Civil cases deal with disputes between private parties. By definition it is a “personal action instituted to compel payment or the doing of some other thing which is purely civil.” In a civil case the purpose of the ‘Plaintiff’ or ‘Petitioner’ is to obtain a judgment for payment of money or for compelling or enjoining a specific action.

Jurisdiction:  The County Courts At Law of Johnson County has jurisdiction in civil cases where the dollar amount in controversy exceeds $200.00 and is less than $200,000.00, all eminent domain cases, and has appellate jurisdiction over civil causes originally heard in justice courts.

Procedure for initial filing:   The initiation of a civil suit is always at the option of the plaintiff by filing an original petition with the clerk of the court.   The petition sets out exactly who the defendant(s) is and what actions have allegedly been performed by the defendant(s) which caused damage to the plaintiff.  The attorney's for the parties prepare all instruments in a civil case except for the clerk's processes.  The role of the clerk is to record these instruments, make them available to the court as requested, and to inform the parties of important actions in the case by issuing appropriate process at the request of the parties' attorney.  Cases are assigned to a specific court on a rotating basis.   New Office of Court Administration reporting requirments necessitate the submitting of prescribed case cover sheets with each new Petition.   Forms are available for downloading at the bottom of the page.

Electronic Filing:  Effective May 19, 2014, civil case documents may be filed electronically through EFileTexas.gov.
                               Effective January 1, 2015, by order of the Texas Supreme Court, all civil case documents must be filed ectronically and no documents will be accepted over the counter or through the mail except those filed by prose litigants.

The following are fees for the initial filing of a civil case due and payable at time of filing: 

Basic Charge

$  222.00

Each Citation Issued

$      4.00

Each in-county service by Constable or Sheriff

$    85.00

Occupational Driver's License

$  232.00

Application for Non-Disclosure

$  250.00

                                 

Subsequent filing procedures:  All documents, other than process issued by the clerk at the direction of the parties, are prepared by the attorneys and filed directly with the clerk to be presented to the court for consideration.  Fees for subsequent filings and issuance of process are as follows and are due and payable at the time the service is rendered:

Action Other Than Original (Cross   Actions/Modifications/Interventions)

$  70.00

Issuance of Documents (before judgment)

 

     Subpoena

$    5.00

     Citation

$    4.00

     Notice

$    4.00

     Writ

$    4.00

     Commission to Take Deposition

$    4.00

     Execution

$    4.00

     Any other document authorized and issued by the Clerk

$    4.00

Issuance of Documents (after judgment)

$    5.00

    Abstract of Judgment

$    5.00

    Execution

$    5.00

    Order of Sale

$    5.00

    Writ

$    5.00

    Any other document authorized and issued by the Clerk

$    5.00

Jury Fee (due before trial date can be set)

$  22.00

 Service of Process by Constable or Sheriff:   Fees for service of process performed by a Johnson County Constable or an officer of the Sheriff's Department are:

Subpoena

$  85.00

Summons

$   85.00

Writ of Attachment

$ 175.00

Writ of Garnishment

$ 17500

Writ of Possession (+ $30.00/hr. after first 2 hrs)

$ 17500

Forcible Detainer

$   85.00

All Court Citations

$   85.00

Notices (Show Cause, Trustee Sale, etc.

$   85.00

CITS Restraining Oder

$   85.00

Writ of Sequestration

$ 175.00

Writ of Execution

$ 175.00

Orders of Sale

$ 175.00

Warrants (non-criminal)

$   50.00

Posting of Notices/Citations

$   50.00

Fingerprinting Fee

$   10.00

Service of Process by Authorized Person other than Constable or Sheriff:   Process may be served in many instances by a private citizen authorized by order of the court to provide this service.  In order to qualify, the person must be 18 years of age or older, have no interest in the case, and have on file with the appropriate court an affidavit stating these facts; or be certified by the Supreme Court.  An ‘Order for Rule 103' for the judge's signature must be presented with each request for such service. 

Service of Process by Certified Mail by the Clerk:   Upon request of the party requesting issuance of process, the clerk will serve the citation by mailing to the defendant by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, a true copy of the citation with a copy of the petition attached.  The fee for service by certified mail is $75.00.

For information concerning the status or disposition of specific civil cases, please call (817)556-6323 Ext 1311 or (817)556-6323 Ext 1314.  Copies and/or name searches may be obtained by calling (817)556-6323 Ext 1316.

             All fees are due and payable at time of service.  Personal checks are not accepted.  Attorney's business checks are accepted.  Visa and Master Card credit cards accepted.   Fees may be applied to the credit card via telephone or mail by supplying the account number, expiration date, and card holder's zip code. 

 
Forms
Civil Case Information Sheet - Fill In
Civil Case Information Sheet - Printable
Civil Case Information Sheet Instructions