Small Claims Court cases for Collin are heard in 5 locations throughout Collin County. The following locations are served by this County: , and unincorporated parts of Collin County.
What can I expect at trial?
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.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (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, 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.
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).
Collin 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.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Collin County
A Justice of the Peace for Collin County hears small claims court cases for Collin County.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
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.
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. 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.
This courthouse is located at:2300 Bloomdale Rd #1164 McKinney, TX 75071
This courthouse is located at:406A Raymond St. Farmersville, TX 75442
This courthouse is located at:920 E Park Blvd, Ste 220 Plano, TX 75074
This courthouse is located at:920 E Park Blvd, Ste 210 Plano, TX 75074-5462
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4. The court’s website is can be found here. The phone number for the court is (972)731-7300. You can email the court here.