Pro Se Litigants
The Court is prohibited from providing legal advice or assisting in the preparation of lawsuits. The Court will only offer general information regarding court settings. There is a Pro Se self-help manual located in the Fort Bend County Law Library that offers information to litigants that choose to represent themselves. The Law Library is located in the Fort Bend Justice Center, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 30298, Richmond, Texas 77469. For more information, please contact Mr. Andrew Bennett, Law Librarian, at 281-341-3718. Additional help may be found at www.Texaslawhelp.org or at https://selfhelp.efiletexas.gov/sr.
Civil motions are heard typically on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Watson. The party filing the motion will need to contact the Court Coordinator for Judge Watson to schedule a hearing date. Please contact Ms. Jackie Kermode at Jackie.Kermode@fortbendcountytx.gov. All notices of hearing must be e-filed with the County Clerk’s Office prior to the hearing date and in accordance with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.
Requests for continuances, in regard to Jury or Bench Trial dates, must be by formal written motion and e-filed with the County Clerk’s Office at least one week prior to the trial date. Unless otherwise stated, all on motions for continuance are heard by Judge Watson. All notices of hearing must be e-filed with the County Clerk’s Office prior to the hearing date and in accordance with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.
Attorneys with cases set on the Dismissal Docket for Want of Prosecution (DWOP) dockets must appear at the docket call. You are required to bring with you a sworn/verified Motion and Order to Retain. The DWOP Docket is heard by Judge Watson.
JP Eviction Appeals and Forcible Detainers
Eviction appeals and forcible detainers are heard by Judge Watson on certain Thursdays at 1:30p.m. To schedule a hearing, please contact Jackie Kermode at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occupational or Restricted Licenses
Applications for Occupational or Restricted Licenses are heard by Associate Judge Kennedy on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. To schedule a hearing, please contact Ms. Lisa Wallingford, Court Coordinator, at Lisa.Wallingford@fortbendcountytx.gov to schedule a hearing date. The deadline to schedule a hearing is, without exception, at 3:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding Friday’s docket.