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Small Claims Cases

This legal research guide provides information about small claims cases in justice court and provides links to filing information for select Texas counties.

Collecting a Judgment


Collecting a Money Judgment

Winning a judgment in justice court does not mean you will automatically get the money owed to you.  The creditor may need to take certain legal action to try and collect the debt. Check out the following subpages to learn more about the different options available.

For those who had a judgment issued against them for a debt, check out our Debt Collection research guide for resources on your rights as a debtor.

Texas Law

Court Rules

Understanding the Law

Judgments Issued by Another State or Foreign Country in Texas

For creditors who want to collect on a judgment issued by a court from another state or foreign country, they must first have their judgment "domesticated" here in Texas. Once domesticated, they may then try to collect the debt owed to them here in Texas. 

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

Do Judgments Expire in Texas?

Judgments awarded in Texas to a non-government creditor are generally valid for ten years but can be renewed for longer. If a judgment is not renewed, it will become dormant.

A creditor can request to revive a dormant judgment to continue to try and collect the debt. However, you generally only have two years in which to try and revive a dormant judgment.

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

E-Books from the Texas State Law Library

You can borrow the e-books below with your library account. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account online! Learn more about how to register online.

Books at the Texas State Law Library

These print books are not available online. They are available at the Texas State Law Library in Austin. If you can't visit the library in person, these books might be available at a law library near you or a public library near you.

Volume 9, Chapter 132 discusses enforcement of judgments.