Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Chambers County hears small claims court cases for Chambers County.
Can I file my case in small claims court?
You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. You cannot seek injunctive relief. 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.
Small Claims Court Venue
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).
Types of Small Claims Cases
A variety of cases are handled 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. 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.
Do I need to 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.
Chambers 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. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.
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. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. It will likely be pretty quick. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours. Small Claims Court cases for Chambers are heard in 6 LOCATIONS throughout Chambers County.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Chambers County Court Locations
The precinct map for Chambers County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Winnie
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 332 Winnie, TX 77665
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Anahuac
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 971 Anahuac, TX 77514
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Anahuac
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 1407 Anahuac, TX 77514
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)252-4212.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Mont Belvieu
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 827 Mont Belvieu, TX 77580
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)267-2610.
Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Wallisville
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 2 Wallisville, TX 77597-0002
Precinct 6 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Baytown
This courthouse is located at:7711 Hwy 146 Baytown, TX 77523