Lamar County Small Claims Court, Texas

Small Claims Court Venue

In order to follow correct procedure, a small claims case needs to be filed in the proper county and precinct. In Texas, the action is filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside or where a contract was to be performed. (Government Code Section 28.011).

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. Small Claims Court cases for Lamar are heard in 6 LOCATIONS throughout Lamar County.

Lamar County Small Claims Court

Lamar County Small Claims Court

Do I need A Lawyer?

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. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).

Types of Small Claims 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. 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.

Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Lamar County

A Justice of the Peace for Lamar County hears small claims court cases for Lamar County.

Small Claims Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Lamar County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. 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.

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). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of money). 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 type of relief would be injunctive relief.

What can I expect at trial?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil 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. It will likely be pretty quick. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.

Lamar County Court Locations

The precinct map for Lamar County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Paris

This courthouse is located at:

119 N Main St
Paris, TX 75460

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)732-2441.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Paris

This courthouse is located at:

119 N Main
Paris, TX 75460

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is .

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Paris

This courthouse is located at:

119 N Main St
Paris, TX 75460

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)737-2440.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Paris

This courthouse is located at:

119 N Main St
Paris, TX 75460

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)737-2441.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Paris

This courthouse is located at:

119 N Main St
Paris, TX 75460-4280

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)737-2440. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Paris

This courthouse is located at:

119 N Main St
Paris, TX 75460

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)737-2441.

One comment

  1. Debra Davis says:

    We live in Frisco and need to file a small claim for small claims court for materials and services provided in Paris Texas. Can we get the paperwork emailed or sent to us to fill out and then return it in person?

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