Travis County Small Claims Court, Texas

Small Claims Court Jurisdiction

The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. 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 type of relief would be injunctive relief.

Small Claims Court Case Types

Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle accident. 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.

Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions

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. Travis County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 5 courthouses in Travis County.

Travis County Small Claims Court

Travis County Small Claims Court

Can I file my small claims case in Travis County?

In order to follow correct procedure, a small claims case needs to be filed in the proper county and precinct. In Texas, the action is filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside or where a contract was to be performed. (Government Code Section 28.011).

How are trials conducted?

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. 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). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Do I need to hire an Attorney?

Small claims court litigants in Texas normally 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).

Judge

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

Are Appeals Allowed?

A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.

Travis County Court Locations

The precinct map for Travis County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Austin

This courthouse is located at:

4717 Heflin Ln, #107
Austin, TX 78721

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)854-7700.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Austin

This courthouse is located at:

10409 Burnet Rd, Ste 180
Austin, TX 78758-4427

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)854-4545. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Austin

This courthouse is located at:

8656B W Hwy 71, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78735

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)854-6763. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Austin

This courthouse is located at:

4011 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Ste 1200
Austin, TX 78744

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)854-9478. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Austin

This courthouse is located at:

1000 Guadalupe, Rms 112 & 117
Austin, TX 78701

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (512)854-9049. And you can email the court by clicking here.

5 comments

  1. Lisa Rogers says:

    My daughter filed a small claims case and was awarded. Now she is telling me that Austin will not file a lien or restriction against the defendent due to non payment. The defendent has made no effort to make payment since the finalization at the beginning of May. Thank you. Who would want to file a claim if there is no reason of settlement? Lisa

  2. david cawthon says:

    I need to file a claim in small claims court. Both parties live in the 78734 zip code, where should I file ?

    thanks,

  3. Lizbette Abelardo Flores says:

    We have called the police 3 times because of a situation about 2 dogs breaking our property the police has talked to the owners and the owners havent done or payed none of the broken stuff we dont know what to do anymore can you tell us what might help with this situation Please Sincerely Lizbette

  4. Hello, my wife and 3 children wanted to expand our kitchen to meet our demands. We saved $5,000 for a downpayment the contractor required. He took our money and cashed the check 3 months ago after an ongoing slew of procrastinating remarks. Now he won’t answer our calls or emails. His name is Jim Anderson under Anderson’s Contracting and Remodeling based out of Austin TX. We have an invoice he left us, and the copy of the cashed check. If he hasn’t skipped town can we get our money back, plus the value of the damaged windows he asked us to get and cover for a week?

    Azgad Crisotomo

  5. Jinzhi says:

    Dear Sir or Madam
    I am trying to get my rent deposit from the landlord. He keeps saying he will give me the check, but he never does that. Now one and a half month has passed. It seems I have to sue him in the small claims court of Austin. But I cannot find the address and the telephone number to start. I tried many times the phone numbers of travis/Austin small claim court website, none of the telephone ever answers me.
    I would appreciate it very much that you can give a telephone number or an address for me to start. Thank you.

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