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Supreme Court Ends Civil Case Information Sheet Requirement
On February 26th, the Texas Supreme Court repealed the rule that requires justice courts to collect civil case information sheets. Go here to read the order regarding Rule 502.2(b).
TJCTC Information Packets and Web Page for Self-Represented Litigants are Now Available
Go to www.tjctc.org/SRL or click the “For the Public” link under Legal Resources above to get our court information packets, as well as forms for SRLs to use. Feel free to refer individuals who have questions regarding court processes to this page. We hope this will be a great resource for you and people who come into your court.
Texas Court of Appeals Holds Time Payment Fee Unconstitutional
In a decision filed on February 5, 2019, the Texas Court of Appeals for the 14th Judicial District held that the time payment fee allocated to the general revenue fund (90% of the $25 collected) is facially unconstitutional. The court held that the portion of the fee that goes to the county (10% of the $25 collected) is valid. Since this case was transferred from the 3rd Court of Appeals to the 14th Court of Appeals, all counties in the 3rd and 14th Judicial Districts would fall under the authority of this opinion. We recommend that judges in those counties immediately meet with county officials, including your county attorney and county auditor, to discuss this opinion before assessing or collecting the full time payment fee in any case.
Those counties are: Harris, Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coke, Comal, Concho, Fayette, Hays, Irion, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, McCulloch, Milam, Mills, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Tom Green, Travis, and Williamson.
A motion for rehearing has been filed, and the state could appeal the decision to the Court of Criminal Appeals and, if so, any CCA ruling would be binding statewide. Additionally, the Legislature may decide to address the time payment fee this session. Stay tuned to the situation, and be sure to attend a TJCTC Legislative Update seminar for the latest information.
Read the opinion here.
Post-Judgment Interest Rate Increases Again 2/1/2019
Effective Friday, February 1, 2019, the post-judgment interest rates for judgments is 5.5%. This rate should be applied to any judgment where the parties don't have a contract specifying a different rate. As a reminder, check https://occc.texas.gov/ monthly to see the current rate.