Justice of the Peace 5-1

Requesting a Continuance

East Dallas Government Center – 3443 St. Francis Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75228
(214) 943-6980 Main • (214) 943-2871 Fax
Office E-mail: JP51Court@dallascounty.org
Hours of Operation 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday
Se Habla Español

NEW CIVIL COURT COST EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

HB 2302 imposes a new $10 fee on all civil action or proceedings including counterclaims, cross-action, interpleader, and appeals. Most court costs/fees go into effect on January 1 the next year, but there is hidden language in this bill which states that 51.607 of the Government Code does NOT apply to this fee, and therefore, it shall be collected starting on the effective date of the bill, which is September 1, 2013.


Small Claims & Justice Court (applies to both)

  • BY AGREEMENT OF PARTIES

Small Claims only
28.032 GOVERNMENT CODE

  • ONLY FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN (in writing)
    Helpful hint: attach any documentation to support the request

Justice Court only
RULE 541 T.R.C.P.

  • UPON WRITTEN APPLICATION FOR GOOD CAUSE
    SUPPORTED BY AFFIDAVIT

Contacting the court by phone is not a lawful or proper request for continuance.