Kenedy County Small Claims Court, Texas

Do I need to 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. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 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 would be called injunctive relief.

Types of Cases

Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. This could be an action to get your security deposit back, or an action to recover money for damage done to your vehicle after a car 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 cases for Kenedy are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Kenedy County.

Kenedy County Small Claims Court

Kenedy County Small Claims Court

Kenedy 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.

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

Small claims cases in Kenedy County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Kenedy County.

How are trials conducted?

The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Can I file my small claims case in Kenedy 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 there appeals in small claims court?

A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.

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 court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)294-5785. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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 court’s website can be found here. 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 court’s website can be found here. 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 court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)294-5787.

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