Jefferson County Small Claims Court, Texas

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. 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.

Can I file my small claims case in Jefferson County?

You should file your action in the County and specific Precinct where the defendants reside or where the defendant has contracted to perform. (Government Code Section 28.011).

Are Appeals Allowed?

Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.

Small Claims Court Clerk

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. 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.

Small Claims Court Jurisdiction

The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. 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. This would be called injunctive relief. Small Claims Court cases for Jefferson are heard in 7 LOCATIONS throughout Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Small Claims Court

Jefferson County Small Claims Court

Do I need A Lawyer?

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).

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

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

Small Claims Court Case Types

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. 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.

Jefferson County Court Locations

The precinct map for Jefferson County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Beaumont

This courthouse is located at:

1085 Pearl St, Rm 105
Beaumont, TX 77701

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)835-8522. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Beaumont

This courthouse is located at:

1085 Pearl St, Rm 104
Beaumont, TX 77701-3544

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)835-8457. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Port Arthur

This courthouse is located at:

525 Lakeshore Dr
Port Arthur, TX 77640

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)983-8325. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Beaumont

This courthouse is located at:

19217 FM 365
Beaumont, TX 77705-8771

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)434-5460. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 6 Courthouse in the City of Beaumont

This courthouse is located at:

1225 Pearl St, Ste 118
Beaumont, TX 77701

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 6. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)839-2333. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 7 Courthouse in the City of Beaumont

This courthouse is located at:

7933 Viterbo Rd, Ste 1
Beaumont, TX 77705

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 7. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)719-5900. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 8 Courthouse in the City of Port Arthur

This courthouse is located at:

525 Lakeshore Dr
Port Arthur, TX 77640

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 8. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)983-8330. And you can email the court by clicking here.

2 comments

  1. Clarissa Hilario says:

    Hello,

    My name is Clarissa Hilario, I live in Las Vegas NV but I am inquiring about suing someone (store owner) for products he did not pay me in Beaumont, TX 77706. Can you please adv if I should be going through Nevada to do this or Texas. Please advice.

    • Stephen G Bennett says:

      The store owner ,if the store is in Beaumont, would be under the local jurisdiction and authority of Jefferson county. (so Texas)

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