Hood County Small Claims Court, Texas

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of 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. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

How are trials conducted?

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. 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. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Small Claims Court Case Types

Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle accident. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.

Can I hire an attorney?

Small claims court litigants in Texas normally 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. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003). Small Claims Court cases for Hood are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Hood County.

Hood County Small Claims Court

Hood County Small Claims Court

Are Appeals Allowed?

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?

In order to follow correct procedure, a small claims case needs to be filed in the proper county and precinct. In Texas, the action is filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside or where a contract was to be performed. (Government Code Section 28.011).

Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions

We recommend contacting the Hood County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Hood County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. 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.

Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Hood County

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

Hood County Court Locations

The precinct map for Hood County can be found here.

Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Granbury

This courthouse is located at:

1200 W Pearl St
Granbury, TX 76048

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (817)579-3290.

Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Granbury

This courthouse is located at:

1200 W Pearl St
Granbury, TX 76048

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (817)408-2660.

Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Granbury

This courthouse is located at:

5417 Acton Hwy, Ste 104
Granbury, TX 76049

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (817)579-3202. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Granbury

This courthouse is located at:

100 E Pearl St
Granbury, TX 76048

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4. The phone number for the court is (817)408-2530. And you can email the court by clicking here.

2 comments

  1. I sent 3 of my most valuable Victorian jewelry pieces to my now ex friend to take to her jeweler to sell. The jeweler told me the 8-10 k Spinal stone needed to be sent off for testing. Also, he said if it turned out to be Spinal, it would be worth quite a lot of money. I told my friend I wanted her to send it back to me along with the other 2 pieces.
    She’s cut off all communication with me. Changed her phone no. / de friended me on face book.
    I have original shipping form- pictures- name of jeweler- her responses on my Facebook private messaging .
    I shipped these items to her address I Granbury, TX.
    Do I need to make a police report ?
    Do I need to file before traveling from out of state?
    Do these people need to be served? O

    • Geri says:

      Hello, I just wondered if you got your jewelry back and who it was that did that to you. Maybe post her real name on our hood county buy, sell, giveaway site or any other similar sites here in the area. We all should know not to deal with her. Too bad that you didn’t notify the pawn shops here in Granbury. I wonder if that person pawned them.

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