How To File A Civil Lawsuit In Texas

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Thank you for visiting  On this page, we will cover the basics of how to file a civil lawsuit in Texas District or County Court (Texas' general civil courts) by using the Texas Civil Petition form packet.  As you will see, the basics of filing a lawsuit in Texas without an attorney are not nearly as complicated as they first seem.  

How To File A Civil Lawsuit In Texas

Filing a Civil Petition (also known as a civil complaint) is the first step to beginning a civil lawsuit in Texas.  This is the document in which you lay out the allegations against the defendant and allege how you have been harmed.  Keep in mind that you do not need to try and prove your allegations in the petition form.  You are only alleging what happened.  Of course, to ultimately prevail at trial, you will definitely need to offer evidence that supports the claims you initially make in your petition.

However, simply alleging that you have been harmed is not quite enough.  You must allege a type of harm that Texas specifically recognizes as a recoverable claim for relief.  Some examples of common civil claims for relief in Texas are:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Negligence
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Race/Sex Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Battery
  • Trespass
  • Nuisance
  • Defamation (slander/libel)

You can research the specific facts (elements) of each claim that need to be alleged in a civil petition at your local library.  Once the elements of a claim are known, they need to be written up in the proper format.  

If your petition is not formatted correctly, it may be rejected by the court clerk! is the only website that offers state-specific form templates for filing a civil lawsuit.  Most other websites sell overpriced, poor quality, generic forms that are NOT in compliance with state court rules. 

Most civil petitions in Texas have the following format:

  1. Heading with basic information about the case.
  2. ‘Discovery Level’ and ‘Request for Disclosures.’
  3. Description of the parties and a statement of jurisdiction.
  4. ‘Factual Allegations’, wherein the plaintiff alleges all the facts that constitute the elements of their claim.
  5. ‘Claims for Relief’ where the plaintiff states how the allegations, if proven, will constitute a legally cognizable claim (such as negligence, or battery).
  6. ‘Prayer for Relief’, where the plaintiff asks the court to award a specific remedy, such as economic or non-economic damages.

Once the petition form has been drafted in the proper style and format, you will need to file it at the appropriate courthouse and pay the applicable filing fee.  It will then need to be served on the defendant. 

Texas Civil Lawsuit Forms

Our Texas Original Petition form packet includes more detailed instructions, as well as templates and samples that are already formatted for Texas courts.  It will show you how to file your civil claims and write your petition/complaint without an attorney.  It is a 100% digital download (an email with a download link will be sent to you shortly after your purchase) and includes the following:

  • A fully editable MS Word form template for writing out your civil claims and filing your petition in Texas District or County Court.
  • A PDF version of the civil petition form that you can print and fill out by hand if you do not want to use the MS Word version of the form.
  • A PDF sample of a completely filled out civil petition form.
  • A PDF of extra pleading pages in case you need more space when using the hand fill-able form.
  • Easy to follow instructions that will show you how to fill out, file, and serve your civil lawsuit forms without an attorney.

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