Can I appeal my case?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
Andrews County Court Clerk
The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. While the clerk can help you with procedural issues, the clerk is not able to give legal advice. They will direct you to an attorney if answering your question would require that.
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. For example, you could sue a dry cleaner for ruining your clothes and ask for money to replace the clothes, but you cannot ask the judge for an order for the dry cleaner to repair your clothes. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Andrews County
The justice of the peace for Andrews County presides over small claims court actions for Andrews County.
Types of Small Claims Cases
A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. The only types of cases that are prohibited are an assignment of a claim (whereby you transfer your interest in a case for someone else to collect), a divorce, or a case filed by a collection agency or agents.
What can I expect at trial?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.
Can I hire an attorney?
Small claims court litigants in Texas normally represent themselves without an attorney. This is largely because the amount at issue in the case is not large enough to justify the hiring of an attorney. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.
Can I file my small claims case in Andrews County?
The action is generally filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside (where they live) or where location where the Defendants contracted themselves to perform. (Texas Government Code Section 28.011). Andrews County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 2 courthouses in Andrews County.
Andrews County Court Locations
The precinct map for Andrews County can be found here.
Precincts 1 & 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Andrews
This courthouse is located at:215 NW 1st, Ste 3 Andrews, TX 79714-6303
Precincts 2 & 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Andrews
This courthouse is located at:215 NW 1st, Ste 4 Andrews, TX 79714-6303