Lavaca County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Lavaca County.
Can I appeal my case?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
Types of 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. 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.
What can I expect at trial?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. There are no rules of evidence. 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. It will likely be pretty quick. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Lavaca County hears small claims court cases for Lavaca County.
Can I hire an attorney?
In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. This is largely because the amount at issue in the case is not large enough to justify the hiring of an attorney. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.
Can I file my case in 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. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. 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.
Lavaca 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.
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).
Lavaca County Court Locations
The precinct map for Lavaca County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Hallettsville
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 288 Hallettsville, TX 77964-0288
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Moulton
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 328 Moulton, TX 77975
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)596-8308.
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Shiner
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 1479 Shiner, TX 77984
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)594-8505.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Yoakum
This courthouse is located at:113 Nelson St Yoakum, TX 77995-2736