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Civil Case Information Sheet
(Used in Small Claim, Eviction, Debt Claim, and Repair and Remedy Cases)
Affidavit of Military Status Form
(Used in Civil - Eviction Cases)
Instruction Sheet for Those who Need to File Evictions
Small Claim Original Petition
(Used in Small Claim Cases)
(Used in Responding to Traffic Ticket Cases)
Alternatives to Payment of Fines and Costs
* 125 West Main St. Suite 140 *
* Fredericksburg, TX 78624-3700 *
* Phone 830-997-6912 Ext. 1 * * Fax 830-997-1540 *
Precinct 1 Justice of the PeaceJD Hickman
The office of the Justice of the Peace Precinct One was created by the Constitution. The Justice presides over Criminal Class C Misdemeanors. Class C Misdemeanors include, but are not limited to offenses found in the Traffic Code, Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, Education Code, Parks and Wildlife Code, and the Alcohol & Beverage Code. Civil Justice Court with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000 and a Small Claims Court with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000. In addition the Justice presides over numerous administrative actions, such as appeals on the driver license suspensions, magistration, and search warrants.
Filing a Small Claim Case
(click above for "Information" pdf...)
A small claims case is a lawsuit brought for the recovery of monetary damages, civil penalties, personal property, or other relief allowed by law. The actual amount in controversy (not the amount sued for) cannot exceed $10,000.00, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any.
THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE A BROAD INTERPRETATION OF THE LAWS THAT APPLY TO THE COURT. ANY LEGAL QUESTIONS OR LEGAL INTERPRETATION SHOULD BE BASED UPON YOUR OWN RESEARCH OF THE MATTER, OR THE ADVICE OF YOUR ATTORNEY. SMALL CLAIMS ARE GOVERNED BY RULES 500-507 of PART V of the TEXAS RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE.
General Rule: Generally, a defendant in a small claims case or a debt claim case is entitled to be sued in one of the following venues:
WHO YOU MAY SUE:
The responsibility for filling out your Original Petition and Civil Case Information Sheet rests with you. For help with precinct information, please contact the Gillespie County Tax Assessor Collector, 830-997-6519, or visit our website at www.gillespiecounty.org and choose Precinct Maps then select Gillespie County JP Precinct Map, or see the precinct map in the Gillespie County Annex 1 Building. The filing fee is $51.00 and the service fee for certified mail is $11.51, for constable service, $65.00. A litigant is entitled to alternative methods of satisfying the court cost, subject to acceptance by the Court. If the defendant resides outside of Gillespie County, contact the Court for service fees of other counties.
After the trial, either party may appeal the judgment by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Court, Appeal Surety Bond and a $10 transcript fee, within (21) twenty-one days from the date of judgment. If the appeal is filed by the Plaintiff, the appeal bond amount shall be $500.00. If the appeal is filed by the Defendant, the appeal bond amount shall be two (2) times the judgment amount. Filing fees are required to the County Court.
AFTER THE JUDGMENT:
Should you receive a judgment, this Court does not collect the judgment for you, nor can we force the defendant to pay the judgment. If you receive a judgment against the defendant, this Court can issue various instruments to assist you in collecting the judgment.
Telephone Jurisdiction Code 6593
Filing an Eviction
COUNTY EXTENSION AGRILIFE OFFICE - Map
95 Frederick Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
COUNTY YARD - HARPER - Map
125 S Ranch Road 783, Harper, TX 78631
USDA FSA NRCS FACILITY - Map
1906 N Llano St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
JAIL FACILITY - Map
104 Industrial Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
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