I was just served with a civil citation by the constable; what do I do now?

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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1. Can I speak to the judge personally about my case?
2. I just received a ticket; what are my options?
3. How long after I get my ticket will it be filed in the court?
4. Can I take care of my husband / wife’s ticket?
5. What is the due date of my ticket?
6. Can I get an extension on taking care of my ticket?
7. I am 16, can I take care of my ticket myself?
8. I was just served with a civil citation by the constable; what do I do now?
9. I need to file a small claims suit, where do I file it and how much does it cost?
10. How much can I sue for in Justice Court?
11. Where do I file an eviction suit?
12. Can I include electric / water bills along with past due rent in an eviction suit?
13. Can the property owner send an agent to file the case and appear in court for them?
14. Can I get my marriage license at the Justice of the Peace office and get married there?
15. Can I pay my property taxes here?