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. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Do I need A Lawyer?
Small claims court litigants in Texas normally 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.
Maverick County Court Clerk
The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. The clerk is an excellent resource for the procedure for small claims court cases in Texas but also any procedures specific to that County or courthouse. It is recommended that you contact the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open during the hours you want to visit. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.
Are Appeals Allowed?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
Small Claims Court Venue
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).
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 cannot seek injunctive 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.
The justice of the peace for Maverick County presides over small claims court actions for Maverick County.
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. Small Claims Court cases for Maverick are heard in 5 LOCATIONS throughout Maverick County.
Maverick County Court Locations
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Eagle Pass
This courthouse is located at:
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Eagle Pass
This courthouse is located at:253 Ruela Dr Eagle Pass, TX 78852
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)752-1323.
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Eagle Pass
This courthouse is located at:3905 Deer Run Blvd Eagle Pass, TX 78852
Precinct 3 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Quemado
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 174 Quemado, TX 78877
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Eagle Pass
This courthouse is located at:206 Converse Eagle Pass, TX 78852