Hays County Small Claims Court, Texas

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. 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. It will likely be pretty quick. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Hays County

A Justice of the Peace for Hays County hears small claims court cases for Hays County.

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. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.

Types of 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. 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.

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).

Hays County Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Hays 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. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.

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). Small claims parties can only recover money. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable 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. This type of relief would be injunctive relief. Small Claims actions are heard in 6 courthouses throughout Hays County.

Hays County Small Claims Court

Hays County Small Claims Court

Can I appeal my case?

Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.

Hays County Court Locations

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Marcos

This courthouse is located at:

712 S Stagecoach Trail, Ste 2235
San Marcos, TX 78666-5999

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)393-7871. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of San Marcos

This courthouse is located at:

712 S Stagecoach Trail, Ste 2235
San Marcos, TX 78666

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)393-7636. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Kyle

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 1449
Kyle, TX 78640-1449

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)268-3151. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Wimberley

This courthouse is located at:

200 Stillwater, Ste 104
Wimberley, TX 78676

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)847-2000. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Dripping Springs

This courthouse is located at:

195 Roger Hanks Parkway, Ste 2
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)858-7446. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Buda

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 215
Buda, TX 78610-0215

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)295-2700. And you can email the court by clicking here.

One comment

  1. Bill Daul says:

    I have never done anything like this so please forgive me for stupid questions.

    I live in California and did some work for:

    Quantum Materials Corporation
    STAR Park
    3055 Hunter Road
    San Marcos, TX 78666

    Stephen B. Squires has refused to pay me for work done 2.5 years ago. I looked into small claims court in Palo Alto, CA. but they say the people involved need to be in California.

    So I am looking at your website for guidance. I have someone at their company (living here in California) that would testify I did the work. There are only emails that support my side and the testimony.

    What can/do I need to do to pursue this. It is so sad that there people that don’t follow through on agreements. It is always the little guy that suffers.

    Thanks, –Bill Daul

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