Small Claims Court cases for Bee are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Bee County.
Can I appeal my case?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
Can I file my small claims case in Bee 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).
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Bee County
A Justice of the Peace for Bee County hears small claims court cases for Bee County.
Bee County Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Bee County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Bee County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.
Do I need to hire an Attorney?
In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. Say your landscaper breaks a sprinkler head. You can ask the court for money to replace the sprinkler head, but you cannot ask the court for an order requiring the landscaper to physically replace the sprinkler head. This would be called injunctive relief.
What can I expect at trial?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Additionally, the judge is allowed to ask questions of the parties and witnesses, and generally takes a more proactive role in determining the facts of a case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Small Claims Court Case Types
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. However, small claims court cannot handle assignments of claims (where one person transfers their interest in an action to another), a divorce proceedings, and cases filed by collection agencies or agents.
Bee County Court Locations
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Beeville
This courthouse is located at:105 W Corpus Christi St, #102 Beeville, TX 78102
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Pettus
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 17 Pettus, TX 78146
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Beeville
This courthouse is located at:105 W Corpus Christi St, Rm 103 Beeville, TX 78102
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Skidmore
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 69 Skidmore, TX 78389-0069