There are a wide variety of civil
papers issued by civil courts including:
An order to the defendant(s) prohibiting him from doing an act prohibited in the
order until a formal hearing can be conducted.
An order to the Defendant (in Family Violence cases) prohibiting him from
committing further family violence and other acts prohibited towards the victim
in the order.
Orders fall under civil law and are not criminally enforceable by a Peace
Officer. A Protective Order is criminally enforceable under the Texas Penal
Code, and an arrest can be made for violation of such
A notice from the court that a defendant has been sued by the plaintiff. There
is no requirements for the defendant to respond to the court either in writing
or in person.
An order commanding the Sheriff or Constable to collect delinquent taxes
for a taxing entity.
Writ of Execution:
An order directed to the Sheriff or Constable commanding the collection of a
A procedure or writ which may be used to bring a person or property into
the custody of the court.
A writ issued by a JP court directing the seizure of a tenant's property for
failure to pay rent as due, distress warrants can only be issued for commercial
Execution Order of Sale:
A process and writ issued by a court to enforce and collect money upon
demand on a judgment by the seizure and sale of non-exempt property.
Entry and Detainer:
An order used for a landlord to collect past due rent and gain possession of the
eased or rented property.
Writ of Garnishment:
A writ and process directed to one who has money or property in his possession
belonging to the defendant, ordering such third person not to deliver or pay it
to the defendant but to deliver or hold it for the plaintiff or as directed by
A writ issued by a court which demands or prohibits specified actions.
of Possession: (Not eviction)
A writ employed to enforce a judgment to recover possession of real or personal
Writ of Reentry:
The act by means of a writ returning the possession of land or tenements
(real property) to the tenant after a landlord has wrongly locked the tenant out
of the premises.
Writ of Sequestration:
An order directing the Constable or Sheriff to take into his possession certain
property of which another person has possession until the suit can be decided or
as the court directs.
A process to cause a witness to appear and give testimony, commanding him to
appear at a specified time and place to testify for the party named therein.
A subpoena that directs a person to appear as a witness and bring with him or
her and produce at the specified time and place any instrument or writing or
other things required as evidence.