Small Claims Court Case Types
Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle 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.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Tarrant County
The justice of the peace for Tarrant County presides over small claims court actions for Tarrant County.
Tarrant 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. 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.
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 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).
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. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
What is the trial like?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. 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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (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. You could only ask the court for an award of money. Tarrant County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 8 courthouses in Tarrant County.
Tarrant County Court Locations
The precinct map for Tarrant County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Fort Worth
This courthouse is located at:100 W Weatherford St, Rm 450 Fort Worth, TX 76196-0242
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Arlington
This courthouse is located at:700 E Abram, Ste 200 Arlington, TX 76010
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Hurst
This courthouse is located at:645 Grapevine Hwy, No 2 Hurst, TX 76054
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Fort Worth
This courthouse is located at:6713 Telephone Rd, Ste 201 Fort Worth, TX 76135
Precinct 5 Courthouse in the City of Fort Worth
This courthouse is located at:350 W Belknap, Rm 112C Fort Worth, TX 76196-0247
Precinct 6 Courthouse in the City of Fort Worth
This courthouse is located at:6551 Granbury Rd Fort Worth, TX 76133-4926
Precinct 7 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Mansfield
This courthouse is located at:1100 E Broad St, Ste 202 Mansfield, TX 76063
Precinct 8 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Fort Worth
This courthouse is located at:3500 Miller Ave Fort Worth, TX 76119