Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
The justice of the peace for Culberson County presides over small claims court actions for Culberson County. Small Claims Court cases for Culberson are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Culberson County.
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable 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 Clerk
The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their 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.
Can I file my small claims case in Culberson County?
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).
Types of Small Claims 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.
Can I hire an attorney?
In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. 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.
What can I expect at trial?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. It will likely be pretty quick. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Culberson County Court Locations
The precinct map for Culberson County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Van Horn
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 367 Van Horn, TX 79855
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (432)283-2609.
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Van Horn
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 1584 Van Horn, TX 79855
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (432)283-8439.
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Salt Flat
This courthouse is located at:13441 US Hwy 62-180 Salt Flat, TX 79847
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (915)828-3213.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Van Horn
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 1394 Van Horn, TX 79855-2245
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (432)283-2999.