Small Claims Court Venue
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 can I expect at trial?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. There are no rules of evidence. 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). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
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. 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.
Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions
The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your 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. Gregg County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Gregg County.
Types of Cases
A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle accident. The only types of cases that are prohibited are an assignment of a claim (whereby you transfer your interest in a case for someone else to collect), a divorce, or a case filed by a collection agency or agents.
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. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Gregg County
A Justice of the Peace for Gregg County hears small claims court cases for Gregg County.
Can I appeal my case?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Gregg County Court Locations
The precinct map for Gregg County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Longview
This courthouse is located at:101 E Methvin, Ste 512 Longview, TX 75601-7264
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Longview
This courthouse is located at:3211 W Marshall Longview, TX 75604
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Gladewater
This courthouse is located at:1098 E Commerce Gladewater, TX 75647
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Longview
This courthouse is located at:2131 S Eastman Rd Longview, TX 75602