Small Claims actions are heard in 8 courthouses throughout Brazoria County. This County serves the following places: Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Clute, Danbury, Freeport, Hillcrest, Lake Jackson, Liverpool, Manvel, Oyster Creek, Pearland, Richwood, West Columbia, and unincorporated parts of Brazoria County.
Can I file my case in small claims court?
A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. Say your landscaper breaks a sprinklerhead. You can ask the court for money to replace the sprinklerhead, but you cannot ask the court for an order requiring the landscaper to physically replace the sprinklerhead. This would be called injunctive relief.
Small claims cases in Brazoria County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Brazoria County.
How are trials conducted?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. 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). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Brazoria County Court Clerk
The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. The clerk is an excellent resource for the procedure for small claims court cases in Texas but also any procedures specific to that County or courthouse. It is recommended that you contact the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open during the hours you want to visit. 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?
In order to follow correct procedure, a small claims case needs to be filed in the proper county and precinct. In Texas, the action is filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside or where a contract was to be performed. (Government Code Section 28.011).
Are Appeals Allowed?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
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. This is largely because the amount at issue in the case is not large enough to justify the hiring of an attorney.
Types of 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. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.
Lake Jackson Courthouse
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website is can be found here. This court can be reached at (979)297-4650. You can email the court here.
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. The court’s website is can be found here. The court’s phone number is (979)233-4700. You can also contact the court via email by clicking here.
The Manvel courthouse is located at:7313 Corporate Dr Manvel, TX 77578
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 2. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 2. The court’s website is can be found here. The phone number for the court is (979)864-1402. You can email the court here.
This courthouse is located at:260 George St, Ste 100 Alvin, TX 77511
The Brazoria courthouse is located at:260 George St, Ste 100 Alvin, TX 77511
The Pearland courthouse is located at:2436 S Grand Blvd, Ste 110 Pearland, TX 77581-4267
The Brazoria courthouse is located at:2436 S Grand Blvd, Ste 110 Pearland, TX 77581-4267
The Brazoria courthouse is located at:101 E Alabama St Brazoria, TX 77422
West Columbia Courthouse
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 2. The Brazoria courthouse is located at:111 N 10th St West Columbia, TX 77486