Kenedy County Small Claims Court, Texas

Where do I file my small claims court case?

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).

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.

Can I hire an attorney?

In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.

Are there appeals in small claims court?

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

Kenedy County Court Clerk

The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. 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. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (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 Kenedy are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Kenedy County.

Kenedy County Small Claims Court

Kenedy County Small Claims Court

What is the trial like?

Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. 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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Kenedy County

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

Kenedy County Court Locations

The precinct map for Kenedy County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Sarita

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 8
Sarita, TX 78385

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The phone number for the court is (361)294-5785.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Sarita

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 8
Sarita, TX 78385

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The phone number for the court is (361)294-5298.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Sarita

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 8
Sarita, TX 78385

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The phone number for the court is (361)294-5786. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Sarita

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 8
Sarita, TX 78385

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The phone number for the court is (361)294-5787.

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