Where to File? Rules of Venue in Justice Court
If you are uncertain where to file, you will need to consult an attorney. You can access law books containing information in this section by searching the Texas Constitution and Statutes online.
|Type of Suit||Where to files|
|General Rule||County and precinct where one or more of the defendants reside|
|Evictions||County and precinct in which all or part of the property is located (no exceptions)|
|Suit for Rent||County and precinct in which all or part of the property is located|
|Suit on a Tort||County and precinct in which the injury occurred|
|Suit on a Contract||A. Suit on a written contract that promises performance may be brought in the precinct where the work was to be performed.
B. Suit on an oral or written contract for labor actually performed may be brought in the precinct where labor was actually performed.
C. Suit on a contract for goods, services or loans for personal, family or household use may be brought where contract was signed or where defendant resides.
|Suit to recover personal property||Precinct in which the property is located|
|Suit against Corporation or Association where:||A. All or part of the cause of action arose
B. The corporation has an agency or representative; OR
C. The principal office is located.
|Insurance Companies (15.096) where:||A. All or part of the insured property is located in the case of a property claim;
B. The injured person resided when the injury or death occurred.
|For other specific venue provisions||Civil Practices and Remedies Code 15.081 to 18.100|