Judge Matt Hayes was sworn in as Justice of the Peace on January 1, 2011. He is currently in his second term on the bench. He serves as the Administrative Judge for the Tarrant County Justices of the Peace. As such, Judge Hayes oversees and coordinates all administrative matters for the Justice Courts, from developing and promulgating Local Rules of Court and on-line forms to ensuring that the Justice of the Peace portion of the Tarrant County website remains current. He also is an instructor for the Justice Court Clerks training with the Texas Justice Court Training Center, helping to ensure that Justice Court clerks around the state receive training in their job responsibilities. The Justice Court Judges Association has inducted him into the College of Justice Court Judges.
For your convenience we now offer E-Filing. Use EFILETEXAS to file new cases and add additional documents to existing small claims, eviction or debt claim cases. This service does not provide a step-by-step guide. Documents have to be scanned into the program before filing. It is important to remember that you may incur additional fees. The court will produce the first copy (original) for our records at no charge, but any additional copies, such as petitions that have to be attached to citations that the court generates to be served to defendants, will be an additional charge. The fees are $1 for the first page and 25 cents for every page thereafter. Please remember that a copy of any original petitions will be needed for each named defendant.
Beginning September 1, 2017, all filing fees for Justice of the Peace Precinct 7 will increase by $5.00. This includes all eviction, small claims and debt claims filed within our court. For example, the current filing fee is $41 for new civil cases. On September 1, 2017, this fee will automatically increase to $46. All service fees for Tarrant County constables will remain $75 per listed defendant.
Forms marked with an asterisk (*) must be in triplicate (three identical copies), otherwise the court will make copies for you for which you will be charged.
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