Harris County Small Claims Court, Texas

Small Claims Court Case Types

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. 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.

What can I expect at trial?

The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. 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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.

Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions

We recommend contacting the Harris County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. While the clerk can help you with procedural issues, the clerk is not able to give legal advice. They will direct you to an attorney if answering your question would require that.

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 Court cases for Harris are heard in 16 LOCATIONS throughout Harris County.

Harris County Small Claims Court

Harris County Small Claims Court

Where do I file my small claims court case?

The action is generally filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside (where they live) or where location where the Defendants contracted themselves to perform. (Texas Government Code Section 28.011).

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). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You cannot seek injunctive relief. 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.

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

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

Do I need A Lawyer?

In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).

Harris County Court Locations

The precinct map for Harris County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

7300 N Sheperd, Rm 138
Houston, TX 77091

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)697-1224. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

1302 Preston, 1st Fl
Houston, TX 77002

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)755-5125.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

10851 Scarsdale, Ste 500
Houston, TX 77089-5740

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)481-9630. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Pasadena

This courthouse is located at:

101 S Richey, Ste B
Pasadena, TX 77506-1419

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)274-6105. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

14350 Wallisville Rd
Houston, TX 77049

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)450-2409. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Baytown

This courthouse is located at:

701 W Baker Rd, Ste 101
Baytown, TX 77521-2351

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)427-7449. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Spring

This courthouse is located at:

6831 Cypresswood Dr, Ste 4
Spring, TX 77379-7700

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)401-7400. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Humble

This courthouse is located at:

7900 Will Clayton Pkwy
Humble, TX 77338

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)446-7191. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

6000 Chimney Rock, Ste 102
Houston, TX 77081

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)661-2276. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

16715 Clay Rd, Ste 4
Houston, TX 77084

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)274-0800. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 6 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

333 Lockwood St, 1st Fl
Houston, TX 77011-2122

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 6 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)921-1576.

Precinct 6 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

1001 SSGT Macario Garcia Dr
Houston, TX 77011

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 6 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)921-6141. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 7 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

5737 Cullen Blvd
Houston, TX 77021

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 7 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)747-3553. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 7 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

5300 Griggs Rd, 2nd Fl
Houston, TX 77021-3775

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 7 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (713)643-1512. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 8 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Pasadena

This courthouse is located at:

7330 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, TX 77505

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 8 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)479-6900. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 8 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Houston

This courthouse is located at:

16603 Buccaneer Ln, 2nd Fl
Houston, TX 77062

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 8 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)486-9713. And you can email the court by clicking here.

3 comments

  1. Charlie Montgomery says:

    Is there a website where I can see the actual procedures and forms in order to file a small claim in your court?

  2. Lisa says:

    Looking to see what precinct to file at for small claims court.Incident happened at 800 towne and country lane in the city centre parking lot.
    thanks

    This is private property I am told.

    lisa

  3. Breousha says:

    I need help on what I need to take someone to court for money owed. Please contact me back I would greatly appreciate it!

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