Tom Green County Small Claims Court, Texas

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. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

A Justice of the Peace for Tom Green County hears small claims court cases for Tom Green County.

Tom Green County Court Clerk

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Tom Green County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice. Tom Green County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Tom Green County.

Tom Green County Small Claims Court

Tom Green County Small Claims Court

Can I file my case in small claims court?

A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. Say your landscaper breaks a sprinkler head. You can ask the court for money to replace the sprinkler head, but you cannot ask the court for an order requiring the landscaper to physically replace the sprinkler head. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.

Do I need A Lawyer?

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. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).

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).

Are there appeals in small claims court?

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

Small Claims Court Case Types

A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. 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.

Tom Green County Court Locations

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Angelo

This courthouse is located at:

122 W Harris, Rm 8
San Angelo, TX 76903-5839

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)659-6444. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Angelo

This courthouse is located at:

5006 Knickerbocker Rd
San Angelo, TX 76904-7519

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)949-2415. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Angelo

This courthouse is located at:

3052 N Bryant
San Angelo, TX 76903-2345

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)657-9922. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Angelo

This courthouse is located at:

124 W Beauregard
San Angelo, TX 76903-5835

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (325)659-6424. And you can email the court by clicking here.

5 comments

  1. kyle wildenauer says:

    I was wondering if I could submit a case if someone is not in the same state as me, but scammed me out of $100?

  2. Jackie Musick says:

    KYLE,
    DID YOU HAVE INSURANCE WITH TEXAS FARM BUREAU INS CO IN TOM GREEN COUNTY. IF SO I MAY HAVE SOME REFUND MONEY FOR YOU. PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH YOUR DRIVERS LICSENSE AND DATE OF BIRTH.
    1-800-772-6535 EXT 2323
    THANKS,
    JACKIE MUSICK
    TEXAS FARM BUREAU INS CO

    • Rick Bennevendo says:

      Hi Jackie,
      I have another matter with Farm Bureau I’d like to discuss with you, and also attach a letter. Would it be possible to get your Farm Bureau email address?
      Thanks,
      Rick

  3. Laura Melton says:

    I have a case where a contractor did not do the work he was paid to do. As a matter of fact we ended up paying someone else to fix what the original contractor did not do properly or to permit. If the amount is under $10,000 is this fileable ?

  4. Loretta M Hernandez says:

    Can I file a small claims if someone refuses to move their gate from a shared easement. We have asked for them to move it closwr to their home but they have attached their gate to the corner or our back pasture. We have asked the people we are buying from if there is anything that can be done on their part since they sold the propetry with this easement. To top it off the neighbors are now claiming the fence that is there was not put in by us but was existing and it was not…we moved in 2004 and installed it in 2007 and they moved in several years later.

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