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Court Costs & Fees

The schedule of court costs and fees for family and civil cases separates the fees into the following categories: filing a new suit,filing a pleading, issuance of citations, notices and writs, and the service of process. To determine the cost, use the following formula:

applicable filing fee + issuance fee + service fee = total

Include the service fee only if service is to be obtained using Hays County Constables. The Hays County Sheriff does not serve civil process.

New Suit Filing Fees

CIVIL:

Type of Suit Base Fee
All Civil Suits not listed below $302.00
Application for Writ of Garnishment $302.00
Tax Suits $237.00
Expunction $302.00 plus $13.40 for each agency to be notified
($7.20 per agency if filed after acquittal)
Occupational License $312.00
Severed Case $302.00
Incoming Transfer (other than family law) $302.00
Petition for Nondisclosure $330.00
Foreign Judgment $302.00

FAMILY:

Type of Suit Base Fee
Divorce $308.00
Adoption or Adoption & Termination
Termination Only
$308.00 Investigator Fee (if any) set by judge $258.00
Incoming Family Law Transfer $ 55.00
Name Change / Removal of Disabilities $292.00
Parent-Child Relationship and all Other Family Cases $293.00
Register Foreign Support or Custody Order $293.00
Other Filing Fees

Fee to File Any of the Following in a Civil Case……..$75.00
Third Party Petition; Motion for New Trial; Cross-Action; Counterclaim; Intervention; Interpleader
To File Any of the Following in a Family Law Case…….. $70.00
Third Party Petition …. Cross Action ….. Interpleader ….. Counterclaim …… Intervention
To File Any of the Following in a Family Law Case………. $20.00
Motion to Transfer … Motion for License Suspension .. Motion to Revoke Stay of Suspension .. Motion for Enforcement … Suit for Modification .. Motion to Modify .. Motion for Contempt .. Notice of App. for Judicial Writ of Withholding

Issuance Fees
$ 8.00 $ 12.00
Citation, Subpoena, Citation by Publication, Show Cause Notice, T.R.O, Injunction, Commission/Letter Rogatory, Notice of License Suspension, Abstract, Execution, Order of Sale, Writ of Possession, Precept, Writ of Attachment, Habeas Corpus (family law) Writ of Garnishment, Writ of Sequestration *Citation through Secretary of State, Insurance Commission or Highway Commission* (issuance fee does not include any fee charged by the State agency which must be paid separately to the agency)

Judicial Writ of Withholding or Order………………………..$ 15.00
Mailing Order for License Suspension (obligor only)…… $ 5.00
Citation By Posting (includes Constable fee of $30)……..$ 38.00

Service Fees
(Table of Fees eff. 1-6-2017) civil process served by Hays County Constables
2017 SHERIFF & CONSTABLE FEES
Miscellaneous Fees
MISCELLANEOUS FEES :
Jury Fee $ 40.00
Bond Approval Fee $ 4.00
Court Registry – Administrative expense
.. ……On funds not earning interest – 5% not to exceed …………
…….. On funds earning interest ………………………………
$ 50.00
10% of interest
Change of Name Certificate – in a divorce decree $ 10.00
Witness Tender (not to records custodian) (taxed as costs) $ 10.00
Records Search $ 5.00 per name
Copies $ .50 per page
Certified Copies $ 1.00 per page – plus $1.00 for Certification
Insufficient Check $ 25.00
Administration Fee – Criminal Fee Transactions $2.00
E-Filing Convenience Fee $2.00
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