Truancy FAQ

Do truancy documents need to be e-file in Dallas County?

Documents in civil cases in the district and county-level courts must now be e-filed.  Generally, this fact does not affect truancy cases because such cases are handled in the justice and municipal courts acting as truancy courts.  The one exception is Dallas County because the constitutional county court exercises jurisdiction over truancy cases (through special magistrate courts).  Under a strict reading of the e-filing rules, documents would appear to have to be e-filed. 

But, this was not the intent of the legislation at all.  The Supreme Court Rules Attorney has said she expects the Supreme Court to act soon (maybe even before September 1, 2015) to adjust the Court’s e-filing mandate to say that e-filing is not required in truancy cases. (Ted Wood, Office of Court Administration)