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Small Claims 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.

  • The claim can be for no more than $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees if any. 

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
All communications from litigants to the Court and the Court to litigants are conducted electronically email or fax. Be aware; that all notices, copies, judgments, and other documents sent by the Court to litigants will come from the a court clerks email address.
Click here to read the Notice Regarding Electronic Communication
Click here to read the Electronic Communication local rule
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.

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.

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