Lubbock County Small Claims Court, Texas

Are Appeals Allowed?

Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00. Small Claims Court cases for Lubbock are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Lubbock County.

Lubbock County Small Claims Court

Lubbock County Small Claims Court

Can I file my small claims case in Lubbock 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).

What can I expect at trial?

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. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Lubbock County Court Clerk

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. While the clerk can help you with procedural issues, the clerk is not able to give legal advice. They will direct you to an attorney if answering your question would require that.

Judge

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

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

Types of Small Claims Cases

A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. 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.

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. 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.

Lubbock County Court Locations

The precinct map for Lubbock County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Lubbock

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 10536
Lubbock, TX 79408-3536

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (806)775-1070. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Lubbock

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 10536
Lubbock, TX 79408-3536

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (806)775-1077. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Lubbock

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 10536, Ste 111
Lubbock, TX 79408-3536

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (806)775-1326. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Lubbock

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 10536
Lubbock, TX 79408-3536

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (806)775-1540. And you can email the court by clicking here.

One comment

  1. Dora Brown says:

    I am not sure which precinct I need to file at for address 520 44th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79404. Can you please help me?

    Thank you
    Dora Brown

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