Justice of the Peace Precinct 5

Honorable Rick "Rico" Olivo

1000 Guadalupe Street
Suite 112
Austin, Texas 78701

1000 Guadalupe Street
Suite 117
Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 854-9049
Fax: (512) 854-9640

Business Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

This information is current as of January 9, 2024.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Virtual hearings are at the court's discretion.

At the court’s discretion, they may require new filings be limited to E-File (E-FileTexas.gov) or to the Justice Court’s designated filing email. Read and use the JP Guide and File for Step by Step Civil Filing.

You must file your case in the Justice Court where one or more defendants reside, except as otherwise provided by law. Eviction cases should be filed where the leased property is located. All other civil cases may be filed according to any applicable jurisdiction and venue laws. It is your responsibility to file a case in the correct precinct.

Each Justice Court is responsible for setting hearings and trials in their court and for sending out the notices.

Yes. You can request a virtual hearing or trial or request a party or witness be allowed to participate virtually or by phone in advance so long as it is in the interest of justice. You must file a written motion before the announcement period for the trial or hearing. 

Court staff will provide the court's procedures regarding virtual hearings to all parties whose email addresses are on file with the court. The court's procedures will include arrangements for the hearing and how evidence will be submitted to the court if the hearing is an evidentiary one.

If you want to demand a civil jury trial, you must file a written request in the court where your case is filed no later than 14 days before the date your case is set for trial. It will be at the discretion of the court to allow a virtual jury trial.

Read Instructions for Jurors Joining a Remote Court Proceeding and Written Instructions to Members of the Jury to learn about how a virtual jury trial will be conducted.

In cases in the interest of justice, the court may permit a witness to appear by phone or virtually. You should contact the court with any questions.

If you have any questions concerning a civil case and scheduling an appointment, call (512) 854-9050 or email JP5Civil@traviscountytx.gov.

For criminal cases, call (512) 854-9049 or email JP5Criminal@traviscountytx.gov.

To schedule a wedding, call (512) 854-9049 or email JP5Weddings@traviscountytx.gov.

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