Morris County Small Claims Court, Texas

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).

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

The justice of the peace for Morris County presides over small claims court actions for Morris County.

Small Claims Court Clerk

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their 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. 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.

Do I need A Lawyer?

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. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

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). 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. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

How are trials conducted?

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. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.

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. 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. Morris County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Morris County.

Morris County Small Claims Court

Morris County Small Claims Court

Are there appeals in small claims court?

Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.

Morris County Court Locations

The precinct map for Morris County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Daingerfield

This courthouse is located at:

502 Union St
Daingerfield, TX 75638-1337

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)645-3031.

Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Daingerfield

This courthouse is located at:

502 Union St
Daingerfield, TX 75638-1337

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)645-3031. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Daingerfield

This courthouse is located at:

502 Union St
Daingerfield, TX 75638-1337

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)645-3031. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Daingerfield

This courthouse is located at:

502 Union St
Daingerfield, TX 75638-1337

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (903)645-3031.

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