Types of Cases
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. However, small claims court cannot handle assignments of claims (where one person transfers their interest in an action to another), a divorce proceedings, and cases filed by collection agencies or agents.
Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions
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. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Where do I file my small claims court case?
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).
Do I need to hire an Attorney?
In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.
What is the trial like?
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. It will likely be pretty quick. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Colorado County
The justice of the peace for Colorado County presides over small claims court actions for Colorado County. Colorado County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Colorado County.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of 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 cannot seek injunctive 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
The precinct map for Colorado County can be found here.
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
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (979)732-6607.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Eagle Lake
This courthouse is located at:P O Drawer 396 Eagle Lake, TX 77434