32nd Emergency Order
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 32nd Emergency Order, extending the Cares Act and CDC Declaration Requirement until January 31, 2021. Below are some important highlights:
State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program- EFFECTIVE February 1, 2021
The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 31st Emergency Order, delaying the implementation of the State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program in counties that are not designated by OCA as pilot counties until Spring 2021. Below are some important highlights:
The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps Texas tenants stay in their homes and provides landlords an alternative to eviction. The TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance for eligible tenants who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been sued for eviction. Both the tenant and the landlord must agree to participate and meet the requirements in the chart below. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).
For more information on the State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program Click on the links below.
TEDP Informational Brochures
The 31st Emergency Order expires March 15, 2021.
CDC Moratorium on Evictions
Effective September 4, 2020 through January 31, 2021, a tenant may not be evicted from a residential property due to nonpayment of rent, if the tenant provides the Court and the landlord a copy of a declaration swearing or certifying that they are covered by the CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium Order and meet the following qualifications:
The Moratorium does not apply to any evictions other than those for nonpayment of rent or other amounts due under the lease, such as late fees or utility payments.
LANDLORDS - If a declaration is provided to the landlord and that tenant meets the above qualifications, but the landlord files an eviction for a reason other than nonpayment, the landlord would not be able to recover rent for that eviction suit through January 31, 2021.
TENANTS – It is your responsibility to provide a copy of the declaration to the Court and the landlord. IMPORTANT: Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete this declaration.
1. Use eFileTexas Self-help to file new cases for small claim and eviction cases. Simply answer a series of questions to help prepare and file your court forms online.
2. Use eFileTexas to file new cases and add additional documents to existing small claim, eviction, debt claim, along with other types of cases. This service does not provide a step-by-step guide as eFileTexas self-help. Documents have to be scanned into the program before filing.
Justice Court 1 follows the same Severe Weather Policy as the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). If FWISD delays its opening or is closed, Justice Court 1 will do so as well. However, call our office to confirm closure or delay.
Accessibility Notice: Due to the complexity of the preceding documents, these documents are scanned images. If you require assistance in accessing the information, please contact Justice Court One at 817-884-1395.