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).
Can I file my case in 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 are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. 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. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.
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 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).
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. However, small claims court cannot handle assignments of claims (where one person transfers their interest in an action to another), a divorce proceedings, and cases filed by collection agencies or agents.
What can I expect at trial?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions
We recommend contacting the Titus County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice. Titus County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 2 courthouses in Titus County.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
The justice of the peace for Titus County presides over small claims court actions for Titus County.
Titus County Court Locations
The precinct map for Titus County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Mount Pleasant
This courthouse is located at:100 S Madison, Ste 100 Mount Pleasant, TX 75455
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Mount Pleasant
This courthouse is located at:100 S Madison, Ste 200 Mount Pleasant, TX 75455