The rules governing civil cases filed in justice courts have been rewritten.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson informed the audience at the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday of those changes, which take effect Sept. 1.
They affect the filing, pre-trial procedures, trial and appeal of all civil cases filed in a justice court.
“You may ask what in the world does this have to do with me?” she said. “Owning a business, owning real estate property, if you have to file an eviction or a small claims court case in justice court – all of those rules will change.”
The changes simplify practices in justice courts, eliminating conflicting statutes. But as a result, new forms must be filed.
The new rules divide justice court civil cases into four distinct categories: small claims, debt claim, repair, and remedy and eviction cases.
The monetary limit on cases has not changed. It remains at $10,000, which includes attorney’s fees incurred but not statutory interest and court costs.
Justice courts can continue using the old rules for cases filed, but not concluded before Aug. 31.
A complete listing of the regulations can be found on Johnson’s website at www.co.wise.tx.us/jp2/. They will be available on the sites of other JPs within the next week.