Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Johnson County
Small claims cases in Johnson County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Johnson County.
Types of Small Claims Cases
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle accident. 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. Small Claims Court cases for Johnson are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Johnson County.
What is the trial like?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. There are no rules of evidence. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. It will likely be pretty quick. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Can I appeal my case?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (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. 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.
Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions
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 Johnson 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.
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. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
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).
Johnson County Court Locations
The precinct map for Johnson County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Cleburne
This courthouse is located at:226 Featherstone Cleburne, TX 76033-5454
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Burleson
This courthouse is located at:247 Elk Dr Burleson, TX 76028-5645
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (817)558-0111.
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Alvarado
This courthouse is located at:118 S Friou Alvarado, TX 76009-4372
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Cleburne
This courthouse is located at:2 N Main Cleburne, TX 76033