Limit (or Jurisdiction) of 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 Court Case Types
Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle 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.
Small Claims Court Venue
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 is the trial like?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. There are no rules of evidence. 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.
Are Appeals Allowed?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00. Hunt County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 5 courthouses in Hunt County.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Hunt County
Small claims cases in Hunt County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Hunt County.
Can I 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. 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).
Hunt County Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Hunt 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 Hunt 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.
Hunt County Court Locations
The precinct map for Hunt County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Greenville
This courthouse is located at:2801 Stuart St, Ste 409 Greenville, TX 75401
Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Greenville
This courthouse is located at:2801 Stuart St, Ste 412 Greenville, TX 75401-4889
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)453-6930.
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Commerce
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 411 Commerce, TX 75429
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Wolfe City
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 110 Wolfe City, TX 75496-0110
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Quinlan
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 2859 Quinlan, TX 75474-2859