The justice of the peace for Bee County presides over small claims court actions 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. 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.
Where do I file my small claims court case?
You should file your action in the County and specific Precinct where the defendants reside or where the defendant has contracted to perform. (Government Code Section 28.011).
How are trials conducted?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. There are no rules of evidence. 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. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Do I need to hire an Attorney?
You are allowed to hire an attorney (Texas Government Code Section 28.003), however, most small claims court parties choose to represent themselves. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003). Small Claims actions are heard in 4 courthouses throughout Bee County.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Can I file my case in small claims court?
The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of 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 would be called injunctive relief.
Small Claims Court Case Types
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. This could be an action to get your security deposit back, or an action to recover money for damage done to your vehicle after a car accident. 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
The precinct map for Bee County can be found here.
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:301 E Sullivan Skidmore, TX 78389-0069