Fort Bend County Judge KP George has signed a Declaration of Local Health Disaster Due to a Public Health Emergency. The Order was signed to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Fort Bend County. Fort Bend County COVID-19 information.


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Important Notice

In accordance with the local, state, and federal response to COVID-19 and in consideration of protecting the health of our community, all non-essential Civil and Criminal proceedings are canceled until further notice, except for essential proceedings as defined below.

Essential Proceedings

  • Criminal Magistration (in and out of custody)
  • Emergency Mental Commitment and Patient Warrant Transfers
  • Applications for Writs of Retrieval, Re-Entry and Restoration
  • Imminent Threat Eviction
  • Repair and Remedy Cases that materially affect the physical health and safety of a tenant.

JP4 will remain operational during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, from 8am to 4pm, for essential proceedings ONLY.  Should you need to contact the court for any matter, please call (281)491-6016, press 0 to speak to a clerk.

Traffic/Non-Traffic Offenses -Please visit our Criminal web page for options or contact us via phone or email at:

Non-essential Civil Filings - We strongly encourage the use of electronic filing for all new and subsequent civil filings, click HERE for efile.

Our goal is to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on parties, jurors, judges and staff.  We are committed to following the guidelines established by the CDC and the Supreme Court of Texas.  We remain focused on our commitment to serving the public.

Thank you for your patience.



The information contained in this section is NOT purported to be all inclusive. Neither is it intended to serve as legal advice. You are strongly encouraged to consult the actual law, or consult with an attorney for answers to your questions. The County Law Library, on the 3rd floor of the Fort Bend Justice Center located at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469, has law books that cover the topics discussed in this section.

Search Texas Constitution and Statutes to access Texas law books cited in this site.


General Questions and Information
There are four types of civil suits filed in Justice Court: Debt Claims, Evictions, Repair & Remedy and Small Claims. Contact our office for help with calculating your filing fees and for information regarding payment methods.