Information about Tow Hearings
The owner or operator of a vehicle that has been removed (towed) and placed in a vehicle storage facility without consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle, or booted without consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle, is entitled to a hearing on whether probable cause existed for the removal and placement or booting of the vehicle. Any Justice Court in the county in which the vehicle was towed or booted may hear the case; however, the Harris County Justice Courts have enacted a local rule to govern the filing of these hearings.
Local Rule 2.3.3. Rights of Owners and Operators of Stored Vehicles to Hearing
In the event that such requests for hearings are presented for filing in any other Justice of the Peace Court, that Justice of the Peace shall immediately direct the filing and all fees to a Justice of the Peace Court in Precinct 2, 3, 6, or 8 for docketing.
Adopted August 2, 2005
Amended November 6, 2013
Amended November 10, 2015
Amended November 15, 2017
Amended November 9, 2021
Pursuant to this local rule, a person entitled to request a hearing must deliver a written request for the hearing to a Harris County Justice Court in Precinct 2, 3, 6, or 8.
A request form is available here.
The Request for Hearing form must be delivered before the 14th day after the date the vehicle was removed and placed in the vehicle storage facility or booted (not counting Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays), or the right to a hearing is waived. The Request for Hearing form must be completed with the specified information.
A filing fee of $54 must be paid at the time of filing the request for hearing ($21 state consolidated civil fee and $33 local consolidated civil fee). The fee must be paid to the Justice of the Peace at the time of filing. Contact the court in which you intend to file for more information on the type of payment accepted.
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