Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Colorado County
A Justice of the Peace for Colorado County hears small claims court cases for Colorado County. Colorado County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Colorado County.
Small Claims Court Case Types
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. 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.
Colorado 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. 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.
Can I appeal my case?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Do I need A Lawyer?
Small claims court litigants in Texas normally represent themselves without an attorney. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.
How are trials conducted?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. 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). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
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).
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). Small claims parties can only recover money. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. Say your landscaper breaks a sprinkler head. You can ask the court for money to replace the sprinkler head, but you cannot ask the court for an order requiring the landscaper to physically replace the sprinkler head. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Colorado County Court Locations
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Columbus
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 783 Columbus, TX 78934-0783
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Weimar
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 945 Weimar, TX 78962
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Columbus
This courthouse is located at:1117 Travis St Columbus, TX 78934
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Eagle Lake
This courthouse is located at:P O Drawer 396 Eagle Lake, TX 77434-0396