Small Claims actions are heard in 5 courthouses throughout Taylor County.
Taylor 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?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
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). Small claims parties can only recover money. 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 type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Taylor County
A Justice of the Peace for Taylor County hears small claims court cases for Taylor County.
How are trials conducted?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the 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 Case Types
A variety of cases are handled 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. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.
Can I hire an attorney?
In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
Where do I file my small claims court case?
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).
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