Tarrant County Small Claims Court

Small Claims actions are heard in 8 courthouses throughout Tarrant County. This County serves the following places: Kress, Tulia, and unincorporated parts of Swisher County.

Tarrant County Small Claims Court

Tarrant County Small Claims Court

Judge

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

Where do I file my small claims court case?

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).

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. While the clerk can help you with procedural issues, the clerk is not able to give legal advice. They will direct you to an attorney if answering your question would require that.

How are trials conducted?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. There are no rules of evidence. 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. A small claims court trial is much quicked, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Small Claims Court Jurisdiction

You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of money). The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. 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. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

Can I appeal my case?

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

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. This is largely because the amount at issue in the case is not large enough to justify the hiring of an attorney.

Types of Cases

Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. 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. The only types of cases that are prohibited are an assignment of a claim (whereby you transfer your interest in a case for someone else to collect), a divorce, or a case filed by a collection agency or agents.

Fort Worth Courthouse

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website is can be found here. The court’s phone number is (817)884-1395. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Arlington Courthouse

This courthouse is located at:

700 E Abram, Ste 200
Arlington, TX 76010

The Tarrant courthouse is located at:

700 E Abram, Ste 200
Arlington, TX 76010

The website is located here. This court can be reached at (817)548-3925. You can email the court here.

Hurst Courthouse

The Hurst courthouse is located at:

645 Grapevine Hwy, No 2
Hurst, TX 76054

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website is can be found here. The court’s phone number is (817)581-3625. You can also contact the court via email by clicking here.

Fort Worth Courthouse

The Fort Worth courthouse is located at:

6713 Telephone Rd, Ste 201
Fort Worth, TX 76135

The Tarrant courthouse is located at:

6713 Telephone Rd, Ste 201
Fort Worth, TX 76135

The court’s website is can be found here. This court can be reached at (817)238-4425. You can also contact the court via email by clicking here.

Fort Worth Courthouse

The Fort Worth courthouse is located at:

350 W Belknap, Rm 112C
Fort Worth, TX 76196-0247

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5. The website is located here. This court can be reached at (817)884-1438. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Fort Worth Courthouse

This courthouse is located at:

6551 Granbury Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76133-4926

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 6. The website is located here. The court’s phone number is (817)370-4525. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Mansfield Courthouse

The Mansfield courthouse is located at:

1100 E Broad St, Ste 202
Mansfield, TX 76063

The Tarrant courthouse is located at:

1100 E Broad St, Ste 202
Mansfield, TX 76063

The website is located here. The phone number for the court is (817)473-5103. You can email the court here.

Fort Worth Courthouse

This courthouse is located at:

3500 Miller Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76119

The Tarrant courthouse is located at:

3500 Miller Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76119

The court’s website is here. This court can be reached at (817)531-5625. You can email the court here.

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