Morris County Small Claims Court, Texas

Can I appeal my case?

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

Where do I file my small claims court case?

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).

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable 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.

How are trials conducted?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. 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. It will likely be pretty quick. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours. Small Claims Court cases for Morris are heard in 2 LOCATIONS throughout Morris County.

Morris County Small Claims Court

Morris County Small Claims Court

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

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

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

Morris County Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Morris County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.

Small Claims Court Case Types

Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.

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. 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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