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Justice of the Peace Precinct 4
Address:
8501 San Dario Laredo, Tx 78045
Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Traffic Division
Phone: 956-523-4840 (Opt 1)
Fax: 956-718-8561
Civil Division
Phone: 956-523-4840 (Opt 2 or 3)
Fax: 956-721-0670
Now Accepting Credit Cards
(a service charge fix or 3% will be
added to your charge for each
transaction)
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In compliance with the Emergency Orders issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and according to the guidance issued by the Office of Court Administration regarding social distancing, maximum group size, and other restrictions and precautions. You may view the orders and guidance at Ihttps://www.txcourts.gov/court-coronavirus-information/.

IF YOU ARE EXHIBITING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, INCLUDING FEVER, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING, CHILLS, REPEATED SHAKING WITH CHILLS, MUSCLE PAIN, HEADACHE, SORE THROAT, LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL, OR DIARRHEA -- OR IF YOU BELIEVE YOU MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 -- YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE COURT BEFORE APPEARING.

INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AGE 65 OR OLDER AND INDIVIDUALS WITH SERIOUS UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS, SUCH AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE, DIABETES, OBESITY, ASTHMA, AND THOSE WHOSE IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE COMPROMISED SUCH AS BY CHEMOTHERAPY OR OTHER CONDITIONS REQUIRING SUCH THERAPY ARE CONSIDERED TO BE VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND MAY CONTACT THE COURT TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS SUCH TO RECEIVE ACCOMMODATIONS. THE COURT MAY ALLOW OR REQUIRE ANYONE INVOLVED IN ANY PROCEEDING TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY, SUCH AS BY TELECONFERENCING OR VIDEO CONFERENCING.

ONLY 1 (one) INDIVIDUAL - PLAINTIFF AND/OR DEFENDANT WILL BE ALLOWED PER CASE/HEARING. All courthouse visitors are subject to screening upon entering the building and will be required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and practice appropriate hygiene recommendations at all times while in the building. Face coverings are required at all times while in the building. The Court reserves the right to turn away any individual who declines to wear a mask if so requested. You will have your temperature taken with an infrared (contactless) thermometer and will be asked if you are feeling feverish; have a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing; or have been in close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19. Individuals whose temperature exceeds 100°F or individuals who indicate yes to any of the screening questions may be refused admittance to the building. Information on how to properly wear a face covering GUIDANCE FOR MASKS

UPDATE ON EVICTION CASES

The Justice Court Precinct 4 has begun issuing citations in residential eviction matters consistent with the guidelines set out by the Texas Supreme Court in its Fifteenth Emergency Order. For any eviction proceeding filed from March 27, 2020 through July 25, 2020, the sworn petition for eviction must contain an affidavit that the premises is not subject to the moratorium on evictions imposed by Section 4024 of the CARES Act. The temporary moratorium provides that landlords of covered properties (federally subsidized apartments including those supported by HUD, USDA, and the US Treasury; and homes covered by federally-backed mortgages) may not file a new eviction case for nonpayment of rent for 120 days from the Care Act’s effective date of March 27; furthermore, landlords may not serve any notice to vacate until the 120 day period has expired and such notice must give at least 30 days. For more information, please see the COVID-19 FAQs for Public Housing Agencies published by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development at http://www.jp.hctx.net/info/HUD%20eviction%20moratorium%20FAQ.pdf.
The required statement can be included in your sworn petition for eviction or you may submit a separate affidavit. CARES ACT AFFIDAVIT

UPDATE ON CONSUMER DEBT CASES
The Justice Court Precinct 4 has also resumed processing consumer debt cases consistent with the Supreme Court’s Sixteenth Emergency Order (view http://www.jp.hctx.net/info/Sixteenth%20Emergency%20Supreme%20Court%20Order%20May%2014.pdf). The Order requires judgment creditors and receivers to provide additional notice to judgment debtors, in the same manner prescribed for service of a writ of garnishment under Rule 663a of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, that reads as follows: IF YOU RECEIVED A STIMULUS PAYMENT FROM THE IRS UNDER THE CARES ACT, THE AMOUNT YOU RECEIVED MAY BE SUBJECT TO A COURT STAY PROTECTING THOSE FUNDS DURING THE CURRENT EMERGENCY. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REQUEST A HEARING WITH THE COURT, AND THE COURT WILL CONSIDER YOUR REQUEST ON AN EXPEDITED BASIS.
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