Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
The justice of the peace for Jasper County presides over small claims court actions for Jasper County.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
What can I expect at trial?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. 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. It will likely be pretty quick. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours. Small Claims actions are heard in 6 courthouses throughout Jasper County.
Types of Cases
Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. The only types of cases that are prohibited are an assignment of a claim (whereby you transfer your interest in a case for someone else to collect), a divorce, or a case filed by a collection agency or agents.
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 because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
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. 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.
Jasper County Court Clerk
The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.
Can I file my small claims case in Jasper 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).
Jasper County Court Locations
The precinct map for Jasper County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Jasper
This courthouse is located at:2033 State Hwy 63 W Jasper, TX 75951
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Jasper
This courthouse is located at:121 N Austin, Rm 105 Jasper, TX 75951
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Kirbyville
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 426 Kirbyville, TX 75956-0426
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Buna
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 179 Buna, TX 77612
Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Sam Rayburn
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 5304 Sam Rayburn, TX 75951
Precinct 6 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Evadale
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 507 Evadale, TX 77615-0507
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 6 Place 1. The phone number for the court is (409)276-1276. And you can email the court by clicking here.