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Defendant Filing Fees in Evictions

Concerning procedural requirements in evictions, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting certain fees for a defendant, directing courts to serve certain documents on a defendant's behalf, and making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
Bill Summary

Current law establishes a schedule of filing fees for litigants in civil actions in county courts. The bill eliminates the fee for a defendant filing an answer in an eviction proceeding.

Current law permits a party to submit and a county court to grant a motion to waive filing fees in a residential eviction action. The bill removes the process for securing a waiver of these filing fees. Current law prohibits a county court from assessing fees when indigent parties e-file motions, answers, or documents in connection with evictions. The bill removes the reference to indigent parties and instead prohibits a county court from charging defendants fees for filing motions, answers, or other documents in evictions. The bill requires a county court to timely mail copies of any answers or other filings to a plaintiff on a defendant's behalf. The bill prohibits the court from charging a fee related to the mailing.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. M. Lindsay, Rep. M. Soper
Sen. J. Buckner, Sen. B. Pelton



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