Small Claims Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Collin 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 Collin County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. 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.
Small claims cases in Collin County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Collin County.
What can I expect at trial?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. 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). However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours. Small Claims Court cases for Collin are heard in 5 LOCATIONS throughout Collin County.
Small Claims Court Venue
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).
Can I 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 because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).
Are Appeals Allowed?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
Types of Small Claims Cases
Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle accident. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. You cannot seek injunctive 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. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Collin County Court Locations
The precinct map for Collin County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of McKinney
This courthouse is located at:2300 Bloomdale Rd, Ste 1164 McKinney, TX 75071
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Farmersville
This courthouse is located at:406A Raymond St Farmersville, TX 75442
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Plano
This courthouse is located at:920 E Park Blvd, Ste 220 Plano, TX 75074
Precinct 3 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Plano
This courthouse is located at:920 E Park Blvd, Ste 210 Plano, TX 75074-5462
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Frisco
This courthouse is located at:8585 John Wesley Dr, Ste 130 Frisco, TX 75034