Small Claims Case

A small claims case is a lawsuit brought for the recovery of money damages, civil penalties, personal property, or other relief allowed by law. The claim can be for no more than $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs but including attorney fees, if any. Small claims cases are governed by Rules 500-507 of Part V of the Rules of Civil Procedure.

To search the Justice Court Precinct for your case, please visit Tarrant County Comprehensive Address Information Directory.

For information on Justice Court Rules, please visit Texas Judicial Branch Rules and Forms website.


* Indicates three copies need to be submitted

1.    Small Claims Petition*

2.    Military Affidavit (if applicable)



1.    File with Justice Court 3 and serve in Tarrant County

  • Fees
  • $54 filing fee
  • $75 Constable fee for each person being served

2.    File with Justice Court 3 and serve outside of Tarrant County

  • The plaintiff is responsible for contacting the appropriate Constable, Sheriff or other agency to serve the citation, and payment of related service fees.

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Due to the complexity of the preceding documents, some of these documents are scanned images. If you require assistance in accessing the information, please contact Justice of the Peace Court 3 at 817-481-8112 or 817-581-3625.