Milam County Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Milam 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 Milam County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. 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.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas 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. 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.
Types of Small Claims Cases
A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle 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.
Do I need to hire an Attorney?
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. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).
What can I expect at trial?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. It will likely be pretty quick. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Small Claims Court Venue
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). Small Claims actions are heard in 4 courthouses throughout Milam County.
Are Appeals Allowed?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Milam County
A Justice of the Peace for Milam County hears small claims court cases for Milam County.
Milam County Court Locations
The precinct map for Milam County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Cameron
This courthouse is located at:512 N Jefferson, Ste C Cameron, TX 76520-0006
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)697-7004.
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Cameron
This courthouse is located at:512 N Jefferson, Ste D Cameron, TX 76520-2434
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)697-7008.
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Rockdale
This courthouse is located at:313 N Main Rockdale, TX 76556-0101
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Thorndale
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 337 Thorndale, TX 76577-0337