HBA-KDB H.B. 1567 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1567 By: Dutton Judicial Affairs 4/4/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There is concern that judges in justice courts award attorney's fees in excess of the amount being disputed by the parties to the civil suit. This creates a situation in which the losing party suffers a double loss since the court issues a judgment in favor of the other party while also awarding the other party attorney's fees in excess of the dollar amount in the suit. House Bill 1567 prohibits a justice court from awarding attorney's fees in an amount greater than $500 in any civil action. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1567 amends the Government Code to prohibit a justice court from awarding attorney's fees in an amount greater than $500 in any civil action and to specify that this limitation does not authorize an award of attorney's fees. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.