Somervell County Small Claims Court, Texas

Small Claims actions are heard in 2 courthouses throughout Somervell County.

Somervell County Small Claims Court

Somervell County Small Claims Court

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 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. This would be called injunctive relief.

Small Claims Court Venue

The action is generally filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside (where they live) or where location where the Defendants contracted themselves to perform. (Texas Government Code Section 28.011).

Small Claims Court Clerk

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their 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. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.

Types of Small Claims Cases

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.

Can I appeal my case?

Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.

Do I need to hire an Attorney?

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.

Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Somervell County

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

What can I expect at trial?

The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. It will likely be pretty quick. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Somervell County Court Locations

The precinct map for Somervell County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Glen Rose

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 237
Glen Rose, TX 76043-0237

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)897-2120. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Glen Rose

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 237
Glen Rose, TX 76043-0237

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (254)897-2120. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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