Small Claims Court Case Types
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard 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.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250. Small Claims Court cases for Parker are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Parker County.
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).
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Parker County hears small claims court cases for Parker County.
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
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. 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 type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Parker County Court Clerk
The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.
What can I expect at trial?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. 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). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
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 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).
Parker County Court Locations
The precinct map for Parker County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Springtown
This courthouse is located at:1020 E Hwy 199 Springtown, TX 76082
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Weatherford
This courthouse is located at:207 Fort Worth Hwy Weatherford, TX 76086-4442
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Weatherford
This courthouse is located at:1112 Santa Fe Dr Weatherford, TX 76086
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Willow Park
This courthouse is located at:5189 E I-20 Service Rd N, Ste 109 Willow Park, TX 76087