What is the trial like?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. 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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
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.
Can I 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
The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (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, you could sue a dry cleaner for ruining your clothes and ask for money to replace the clothes, but you cannot ask the judge for an order for the dry cleaner to repair your clothes. You could only ask the court for an award of money. Small Claims actions are heard in 4 courthouses throughout Limestone County.
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Limestone County hears small claims court cases for Limestone County.
Can I file my small claims case in Limestone County?
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).
Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions
We recommend contacting the Limestone County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Limestone County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.
Types of Small Claims 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. 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.
Limestone County Court Locations
The precinct map for Limestone County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Groesbeck
This courthouse is located at:310 S Dallas St Groesbeck, TX 76642
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Coolidge
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 194 Coolidge, TX 76635-0194
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Groesbeck
This courthouse is located at:200 W State St, #201 Groesbeck, TX 76642-1702
Precinct 4 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Mexia
This courthouse is located at:205 S McKinney St Mexia, TX 76667-3230