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If it was a small claims citation, it will tell you that you have to answer to the suit by the end of the 14th day after the day you were served with the papers. If the 14th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the answer is due by the end of the first day following the Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Your answer is simply your denial or acknowledgment of the debt, not the merits of your case. If you deny the debt, the case will be set for trial; if you acknowledge the debt, a judgment will be rendered against you without trial.
If you were served with an eviction citation, there will be a hearing date and time on the citation. That is the date and time that you should appear in court to tell the judge why you should not be evicted.
Your failure to answer or appear could result in a default judgment rendered against you.
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The basic rule of venue is that someone has the right to be sued where they live; there are exceptions to this rule. Should there be a motion by the defendant to transfer venue, a hearing will be held to determine if a transfer of venue will be granted, this could delay the proceedings for a couple of months.
If the transfer is granted, the plaintiff will be required to pay the filing fees again. The filing fee is $54 and the service fee in Parker County is $100 for each person sued. If the person sued lives outside of Parker County, call the civil clerk for the cost.
The jurisdictional limit in Justice Court is $20,000, excluding statutory interest and court costs, but including attorney’s fees, if any.
You can get your license at any County Clerk’s office in Texas; in Parker County, the County Clerk is at the Courthouse Annex:
1112 Santa Fe
Weatherford, TX 76086
You must have your license 72 hours before the ceremony can be performed, unless you are active military or have received a waiver.