Small Claims Court cases for Pecos are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Pecos County.
Small Claims Court Clerk
The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their 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.
Are Appeals Allowed?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Pecos County
Small claims cases in Pecos County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Pecos County.
Can I file my small claims case in Pecos County?
In order to follow correct procedure, a small claims case needs to be filed in the proper county and precinct. In Texas, the action is filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside or where a contract was to be performed. (Government Code Section 28.011).
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. You cannot seek injunctive relief. For example, you could sue a dry cleaner for ruining your clothes and ask for money to replace the clothes, but you cannot ask the judge for an order for the dry cleaner to repair your clothes. You could only ask the court for an award of money.
Small Claims Court Case Types
Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. 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.
Do I need A Lawyer?
In Texas, small claims parties generally 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. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.
What can I expect at trial?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. There are no rules of evidence. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the 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.
Pecos County Court Locations
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Fort Stockton
This courthouse is located at:200 S Nelson Fort Stockton, TX 79735
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (432)336-8277.
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Iraan
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 364 Iraan, TX 79744
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The phone number for the court is (432)639-2350. And you can email the court by clicking here.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Imperial
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 336 Imperial, TX 79743
Precinct 6 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Sheffield
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 480 Sheffield, TX 79781