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Important Notice

Effective as of 12:01 a.m., March 21, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, unless a declaration of the local disaster for public health emergency is no longer in effect access to our office shall be limited as to the public, except for essential proceedings only.

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 Evictions
  • Repair and Remedy Cases that materially affect the physical health and safety of a tenant.

While access will be limited, JP4 will remain operational during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm.  Should you need to contact the court for any of the above listed matters, please call (281)491-6016, press 0 to speak to a clerk.  

Payment of Fines/Fees and Filings

Please contact the court for information regarding payment options and electronic filing at (281)491-6016, press 0 to speak to a clerk. 

We encourage the use of electronic filing for all Civil matters.  

In accordance with the local, state, and federal response to coronavirus COVID-19 and in consideration of protecting the health of our community, all non-essential Civil and Criminal proceedings are canceled until May 8, 2020, except for essential proceedings as defined above.

    Our goal is to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on parties, jurors, judges and staff. We are committed to following the guidelines established by the CDC and the Supreme Court of Texas.

    As COVID-19 and its impact continue to evolve and develop, we remain focused on the health and safety of our employees and our community, as well as our commitment to serving the general 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.