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Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1

George Barnstone is the judge at Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 1. Judge Barnstone treats every litigant with respect and dignity. Evictions from Justice of the Peace Courts are the largest part of his docket. Instead of simply processing cases and evicting tenants, Judge Barnstone encourages tenants to voluntarily move out and to pay any missing rent. In doing so, tenants avoid an eviction judgment, which destroys their credit for seven years and limits their ability to rent in Harris County. Lease applications customarily contain a paragraph authorizing the prospective landlord to research potential tenants’ rental history. Landlords won’t lease to people with eviction judgments.

Judge Barnstone also hears debt collection cases. Rather than burdening consumers with unrealistic payments, Judge Barnstone strongly encourages creditors to work with debtors on realistic payment plans.

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