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Civil cases do not deal with any criminal actions, but rather with disputes between private parties. A civil case can be defined as a personal action instituted to compel payment or the doing of some other thing. The end purpose of most civil cases is to obtain a judgment for money, but judgment is also sought to either compel or enjoin some action.
 
The various courts in Texas have overlapping jurisdiction in civil cases. The justice of the peace courts have jurisdiction of civil cases in which the amount in controversy is not more than $10,000. Constitutional county courts have jurisdiction of civil cases where the amount in controversy is greater than $200 but no more than $10,000.
 
The statutory county courts (County Court at Law and County Court at Law #2) have civil jurisdiction in cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $100,000. In Ector County, the District Clerk maintains the records regarding the portion of the statutory county courts (County Court at Law and County Court at Law #2) with jurisdictional amounts over $500 but not to exceed $100,000.
 

Civil Cases maintained in the County Clerk’s Office primarily deal with Bond Forfeitures on misdemeanor criminal cases, Applications for Occupational or Hardship Driver’s Licenses, Civil Appeals from the Justice Court, Appeals of Driver’s License Suspension from Justice Court or Non-Disclosure cases.

Please click on the link below to access the Nondisclosure form:
http://www.txcourts.gov/rules-forms/forms.aspx

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