Can I file my small claims case in Reeves 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).
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. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.
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. This would be called injunctive relief.
Do I need A Lawyer?
Small claims court litigants in Texas normally 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.
Small claims cases in Reeves County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Reeves County.
Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions
We recommend contacting the Reeves 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. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice. Small Claims Court cases for Reeves are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Reeves County.
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.
Reeves County Court Locations
The precinct map for Reeves County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Pecos
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 913 Pecos, TX 79772-0913
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Pecos
This courthouse is located at:700 Daggett Pecos, TX 79772
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Balmorhea
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 193 Balmorhea, TX 79718-0104
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (432)375-2663.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Pecos
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 1894 Pecos, TX 79772-1894