Houston County Small Claims Court, Texas

Types of Cases

Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard 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.

Small Claims Court Jurisdiction

The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. For example, if you pay a painter $1,000 to paint your house and the painter does not even begin, you cannot ask the court to issue an order for the painter to paint your house. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

Can I file my small claims case in Houston County?

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 Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Houston 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. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice. Small Claims Court cases for Houston are heard in 2 LOCATIONS throughout Houston County.

Houston County Small Claims Court

Houston County Small Claims Court

What can I expect at trial?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Can I appeal my case?

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

Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Houston County

Small claims cases in Houston County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Houston County.

Do I need to hire an Attorney?

You are allowed to hire an attorney (Texas Government Code Section 28.003), however, most small claims court parties choose to represent themselves. 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.

Houston County Court Locations

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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