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.
Small Claims Court Case Types
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. 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.
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Taylor County hears small claims court cases for Taylor County.
Where do I file my small claims court case?
You should file your action in the County and specific Precinct where the defendants reside or where the defendant has contracted to perform. (Government Code Section 28.011).
Taylor County 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. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.
What is the trial like?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. 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 quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours. Small Claims Court cases for Taylor are heard in 5 LOCATIONS throughout Taylor County.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
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. The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. 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.
Taylor County Court Locations
The precinct map for Taylor County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Abilene
This courthouse is located at:301 Oak St, Ste 611 Abilene, TX 79602-1526
Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Abilene
This courthouse is located at:301 Oak St, Ste 612 Abilene, TX 79602-1698
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Merkel
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 225 Merkel, TX 79536
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Tuscola
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 361 Tuscola, TX 79562-0361
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)554-7893.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Lawn
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 5 Lawn, TX 79530-0005