Brown County Small Claims Court, Texas

What is the trial like?

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. It will likely be pretty quick. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours. Brown County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Brown County.

Brown County Small Claims Court

Brown County Small Claims Court

Small Claims Court Case Types

Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. 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.

Small Claims Court Clerk

The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Brown 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.

Judge

Small claims cases in Brown County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Brown County.

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).

Are Appeals Allowed?

Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.

Do I need to hire an Attorney?

In Texas, small claims parties generally 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. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).

Can I file my case in small claims court?

The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (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. For example, if you pay a painter $1,000 to paint your house and the painter does not even begin, you cannot ask the court to issue an order for the painter to paint your house. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

Brown County Court Locations

The precinct map for Brown County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Brownwood

This courthouse is located at:

200 S Broadway, Rm 200
Brownwood, TX 76801-3192

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)643-2688. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Brownwood

This courthouse is located at:

200 S Broadway, Rm 200
Brownwood, TX 76801-3192

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)643-5962. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Brownwood

This courthouse is located at:

200 S Broadway, Rm 200
Brownwood, TX 76801-3192

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)643-5962. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Brownwood

This courthouse is located at:

200 S Broadway, Rm 200
Brownwood, TX 76801-3192

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)646-6437. And you can email the court by clicking here.

One comment

  1. Kathryn Smith says:

    I have a rental property we need to file against previous tenant. The amount is 19,980. Can this be done through small claims court? If not how would we file against previous tenant?
    Greatly appreciate your assistance in advance.

    Very Respectfully,

    Kathryn Smith

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