Small Claims actions are heard in 4 courthouses throughout Harrison County. This County serves the following places: Elysian Fields, Gill, Hallsville, Harleton, Jonesville, Karnack, Latex, Longview, Marshall, Nesbitt, Scottsville, Uncertain, Waskom, Woodlawn, and unincorporated parts of Harrison 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). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. Say your landscaper breaks a sprinklerhead. You can ask the court for money to replace the sprinklerhead, but you cannot ask the court for an order requiring the landscaper to physically replace the sprinklerhead. This would be called injunctive relief.
The justice of the peace for Harrison County presides over small claims court actions for Harrison 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).
Are Appeals Allowed?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
How are trials conducted?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. There are no rules of evidence. Additionally, the judge is allowed to ask questions of the parties and witnesses, and generally takes a more proactive role in determining the facts of a case. A small claims court trial is much quicked, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Types of Cases
A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. 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.
Harrison County Court Clerk
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. 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.
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. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 150 Waskom, TX 75692-0150
This courthouse is located at:200 W Houston, Ste 251 Marshall, TX 75670
The Harrison courthouse is located at:200 W Houston, Ste 251 Marshall, TX 75670
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The website is located here. The court’s phone number is (903)668-2050. And you can email the court by clicking here.
This courthouse is located at:200 W Houston, Ste 125 Marshall, TX 75670