201 Caroline • Houston, Texas 77002

Venue and Jurisdiction

A county civil court at law in Harris County has jurisdiction over all civil matters and causes, original and appellate, prescribed by law for county courts, but does not have the jurisdiction of a probate court.

A county civil court at law may hear civil matters with an amount in controversy of up to $250,000 and has jurisdiction in appeals of civil cases from justice courts in Harris County. A county civil court at law also-regardless of the amount in controversy-has jurisdiction in statutory eminent domain proceedings and exclusive jurisdiction over inverse condemnation suits.

In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, a county civil court at law has jurisdiction to:

  1. decide the issue of title to real or personal property;
  2. hear a suit to recover damages for slander or defamation of character;
  3. hear a suit for the enforcement of a lien on real property;
  4. hear a suit for the forfeiture of a corporate charter;
  5. hear a suit for the trial of the right to property valued at $200 or more that has been levied on under a writ of execution, sequestration, or attachment;  and
  6. hear a suit for the recovery of real property.


Court Directory

Judge Audrie Lawton-Evans
Court 1

Judge Jim F. Kovach
Court 2

Judge LaShawn A. Williams
Court 3

Judge Manpreet Monica Singh
Court 4

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