Houston County Small Claims Court, Texas

Houston County Court Clerk

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Houston 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.

What can I expect at trial?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand 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.

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

The justice of the peace for Houston County presides over small claims court actions for Houston County.

Do I need A Lawyer?

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

Can I file my case in 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 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. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.

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 appeal my case?

Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.

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). Small Claims actions are heard in 2 courthouses throughout Houston County.

Houston County Small Claims Court

Houston County Small Claims Court

Houston County Court Locations

The precinct map for Houston County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Crockett

This courthouse is located at:

700B S 4th St
Crockett, TX 75835

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (936)544-2564. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Crockett

This courthouse is located at:

700B S 4th St
Crockett, TX 75835

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (936)544-9561. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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