Can I file my case in small claims court?
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. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. For example, you could sue a dry cleaner for ruining your clothes and ask for money to replace the clothes, but you cannot ask the judge for an order for the dry cleaner to repair your clothes. You could only ask the court for an award of money.
Small Claims Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Grayson County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Grayson County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice. Grayson County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Grayson County.
Where do I file my small claims court case?
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
A variety of cases are handled 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.
Can I hire an attorney?
Small claims court litigants in Texas normally represent themselves without an attorney. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
How are trials conducted?
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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Grayson County
Small claims cases in Grayson County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Grayson County.
Grayson County Court Locations
The precinct map for Grayson County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Sherman
This courthouse is located at:200 S Crockett, Ste 111A Sherman, TX 75090-7170
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Denison
This courthouse is located at:101 W Woodard Denison, TX 75021-3064
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Whitesboro
This courthouse is located at:509 N Union Whitesboro, TX 76273-1321
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Van Alstyne
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 1964 Van Alstyne, TX 75495-1964