Small Claims Court cases for Henderson are heard in 5 LOCATIONS throughout Henderson County.
Small Claims Court Case Types
A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. This could be an action to get your security deposit back, or an action to recover money for damage done to your vehicle after a car accident. 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.
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Henderson County hears small claims court cases for Henderson County.
Small Claims Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Henderson County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. 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.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of 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. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. Say your landscaper breaks a sprinkler head. You can ask the court for money to replace the sprinkler head, but you cannot ask the court for an order requiring the landscaper to physically replace the sprinkler head. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Do I need A Lawyer?
In Texas, small claims parties generally 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?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
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).
What can I expect at trial?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. 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. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Henderson County Court Locations
The precinct map for Henderson County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Athens
This courthouse is located at:100 E Tyler St, Rm 200B Athens, TX 75751
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)677-6373.
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Seven Points
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 43672 Seven Points, TX 75143
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Chandler
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 835 Chandler, TX 75758
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)849-2222.
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Poynor
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 110 Poynor, TX 75782
Precinct 5 Courthouse in the City of Malakoff
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 885 Malakoff, TX 75148-0885