Are Appeals Allowed?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
Small claims cases in Dallas County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Dallas County. Small Claims Court cases for Dallas are heard in 10 LOCATIONS throughout Dallas County.
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.
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 because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
Can I file my small claims case in Dallas 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. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. 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.
What is the trial like?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Dallas County Court Locations
The precinct map for Dallas County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Dallas
This courthouse is located at:7201 S Polk St, Ste 112 Dallas, TX 75232
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (972)228-0280.
Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Lancaster
This courthouse is located at:107 Texas St Lancaster, TX 75146
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Garland
This courthouse is located at:140 N Garland Ave Garland, TX 75040-6107
Precinct 2 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Mesquite
This courthouse is located at:823 N Galloway Ave, Ste 101A Mesquite, TX 75149-3473
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (972)285-5429.
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Dallas
This courthouse is located at:10056 Marsh Ln Dallas, TX 75229-6071
Precinct 3 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Richardson
This courthouse is located at:1411 W Belt Line Rd Richardson, TX 75081
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Grand Prairie
This courthouse is located at:630 W Main St Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Precinct 4 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Irving
This courthouse is located at:841 W Irving Blvd Irving, TX 75060
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (214)589-7000.
Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Dallas
This courthouse is located at:3443 St. Francis Ave Dallas, TX 75228
Precinct 5 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Dallas
This courthouse is located at:410 S Beckley Ave Dallas, TX 75203