SB18-056 - Civil Jurisdiction Of County Courts And Filing Fees

Concerning monetary amounts in civil actions.

Under current law, a person may file a civil action in county court if the value of the claim is $15,000 or less. The bill increases that limit to $35,000 or less. When the debt, damage, or value of the personal property claimed is $15,000 or less, then attorney fees are not included in the value of the claim, but when the debt, damage, or value of the personal property claimed exceeds $15,000, then attorney fees are included in the value of the claim.

The bill changes the filing fees in county court and sets those fees based on the amount of the money judgment sought. The bill increases the district court filing fee for specified parties. The bill allocates county court and district court filing fees.

The bill is effective January 1, 2019.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

House Committees

Senate Committees

Latest update: March 15, 2018
03/15/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
03/14/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/13/2018 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/08/2018 - Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/28/2018 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
02/14/2018 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
01/11/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary