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  S.B. No. 1412
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to certain fees collected by justice courts and small
  claims courts.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (b), Section 101.141, Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A justice of the peace shall collect the following fees:
               (1)  services rendered before judgment (Secs. 118.121
  and 118.122, Local Government Code):
                     (A)  justice court (Sec. 118.121, Local
  Government Code) . . . $25 [$15]; and
                     (B)  small claims court (Sec. 118.121, Local
  Government Code) . . . $25 [$10];
               (2)  services rendered after judgment (Secs. 118.121
  and 118.123, Local Government Code):
                     (A)  transcript (Sec. 118.121, Local Government
  Code) . . . $10;
                     (B)  abstract of judgment (Sec. 118.121, Local
  Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (C)  execution, order of sale, writ of
  restitution, or other writ or process (Sec. 118.121, Local
  Government Code) . . . $5 per page;
                     (D)  certified copy of court papers (Secs. 118.121
  and 118.1235, Local Government Code) . . . $2 for first page; $0.25
  for each additional page; and
                     (E)  issuing other document (no return required)
  (Sec. 118.121, Local Government Code) . . . $1 for first page;
  $0.25 for each additional page;
               (3)  court fees and costs, if ordered by the court, for
  a suit filed by an inmate in which an affidavit or unsworn
  declaration of inability to pay costs is filed by the inmate (Sec.
  14.006, Civil Practice and Remedies Code) . . . the lesser of:
                     (A)  20 percent of the preceding six months'
  deposits to the inmate's trust account administered by the Texas
  Department of Criminal Justice under Section 501.014, Government
  Code; or
                     (B)  the total amount of court fees and costs;
               (4)  monthly payment for remaining court fees and costs
  after the initial payment for a suit in which an affidavit or
  unsworn declaration of inability to pay costs is filed by the inmate
  (Sec. 14.006, Civil Practice and Remedies Code) . . . the lesser
  of:
                     (A)  10 percent of that month's deposit to the
  inmate's trust account administered by the Texas Department of
  Criminal Justice under Section 501.014, Government Code; or
                     (B)  the total amount of court fees and costs that
  remain unpaid; and
               (5)  the following costs not otherwise charged to the
  inmate under Section 14.006, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, if
  the inmate has previously filed an action dismissed as malicious or
  frivolous (Sec. 14.007, Civil Practice and Remedies Code):
                     (A)  expenses of service of process;
                     (B)  postage; and
                     (C)  transportation, housing, or medical care
  incurred in connection with the appearance of the inmate in the
  court for any proceeding.
         SECTION 2.  Section 118.121, Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 118.121.  FEE SCHEDULE.  A justice of the peace shall
  collect the following fees for services rendered to any person:
               (1)  Services rendered before judgment (Sec. 118.122):
                     (A)  Justice court$25.00 [$15.00]
                     (B)  Small claims court$25.00 [$10.00]
               (2)  Services rendered after judgment (Sec. 118.123):
                     (A)  Transcript$10.00
                     (B)  Abstract of judgment$5.00
                     (C)  Execution, order of sale, writ of
  restitution, or other writ or process$5.00 per page
                           Certified copy of court papers$2.00 for
  first page
  $0.25 for each additional page
                           Issuing other document
                           (no return required)$1.00 for
  first page
  $0.25 for each additional page
         SECTION 3.  This Act applies only to a cause of action filed
  on or after the effective date of this Act. A cause of action filed
  before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in
  effect at the time the cause of action was filed, and that law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1412 passed the Senate on
  April 19, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1412 passed the House on
  May 17, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor