Coryell County Small Claims Court, Texas

What can I expect at trial?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. There are no rules of evidence. 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.

Small Claims Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Coryell County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. 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. Coryell County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Coryell County.

Coryell County Small Claims Court

Coryell County Small Claims Court

Can I hire an attorney?

In Texas, small claims parties generally 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. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).

Are there appeals in small claims court?

A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.

Judge

Small claims cases in Coryell County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Coryell 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.

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. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

Small Claims Court Venue

In order to follow correct procedure, a small claims case needs to be filed in the proper county and precinct. In Texas, the action is filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside or where a contract was to be performed. (Government Code Section 28.011).

Coryell County Court Locations

Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Copperas Cove

This courthouse is located at:

210 S 1st St
Copperas Cove, TX 76522

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)547-5993. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Copperas Cove

This courthouse is located at:

210 S 1st St
Copperas Cove, TX 76522

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)547-6517. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Gatesville

This courthouse is located at:

508 Leon St
Gatesville, TX 76528

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)865-2912. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Gatesville

This courthouse is located at:

508 Leon St
Gatesville, TX 76528

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)865-5913. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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