Information and Instructions

The following packets containing basic procedural information are free to the public and are available during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or may be requested by telephone at (903) 465-0984. The information they contain is not offered as legal advice. The information is not exhaustive. There may be other remedies and procedures not contained in these packets. You should seek professional, licensed, legal counsel for advice:

  • Filing a Small Claims or Justice Court Suit :   Contains sample Petitions for each forum, explains jurisdictional limits and costs
  • Filing a Suit for Forcible Detainer (Evictions): Contains sample Petition, explains basic procedures and costs
  • Emergency Protective Orders and Restraining Orders: Explains the basic differences between each type of order, procedural information, eligibility for and limitations of each type of order

Miscellaneous publications are available from various state agencies on topics ranging from consumer protection to the Texas Tomorrow Fund. The Court also maintains a list of local non-profit service assistance agencies.