Dimmit County Small Claims Court, Texas

Types of Small Claims Cases

Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.

Do I need to hire an Attorney?

Small claims court litigants in Texas normally 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. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. 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. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.

Judge

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

Can I file my small claims case in Dimmit 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).

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. 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. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.

Can I appeal my case?

A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00. Dimmit County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Dimmit County.

Dimmit County Small Claims Court

Dimmit County Small Claims Court

Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. The clerk is an excellent resource for the procedure for small claims court cases in Texas but also any procedures specific to that County or courthouse. It is recommended that you contact the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open during the hours you want to visit. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.

Dimmit County Court Locations

The precinct map for Dimmit County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Carrizo Springs

This courthouse is located at:

103 N 5th St
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)876-5486.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Carrizo Springs

This courthouse is located at:

103 N 5th St
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)876-5486.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Big Wells

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 519
Big Wells, TX 78830

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)457-2643. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Asherton

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 236
Asherton, TX 78827

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)468-9116. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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