Morris County Small Claims Court, Texas

Small Claims Court cases for Morris are heard in 2 LOCATIONS throughout Morris County.

Morris County Small Claims Court

Morris County Small Claims Court

Types of 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. 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.

Are there appeals in small claims court?

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

Small Claims 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. 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.

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).

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

A Justice of the Peace for Morris County hears small claims court cases for Morris County.

What is the trial like?

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. Additionally, the judge is allowed to ask questions of the parties and witnesses, and generally takes a more proactive role in determining the facts of a case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Do I need to 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. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).

Small Claims Court Jurisdiction

You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. 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. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

Morris County Court Locations

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. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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.

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