Travis County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 5 courthouses in Travis County. This County serves the following locations: Carlsbad, Christoval, Mereta, San Angelo, Vancourt, Wall, and unincorporated parts of Tom Green County.
Small Claims Court Venue
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).
Travis County Court Clerk
The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. The clerk is an excellent resource for the procedure for small claims court cases in Texas but also any procedures specific to that County or courthouse. It is recommended that you contact the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open during the hours you want to visit. 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.
Small Claims Court Jurisdiction
You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of money). The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. 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. You could only ask the court for an award of money.
What can I expect at trial?
Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. There are no rules of evidence. 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 quicked, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
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).
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
Small claims cases in Travis County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Travis County.
Can I appeal my case?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
Types of Cases
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. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.
The Austin courthouse is located at:4717 Heflin Lane #107 Austin, TX 78721
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The Travis courthouse is located at:10409 Burnet Rd, Ste 180 Austin, TX 78758-4427
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The website is located here. The phone number for the court is (512)854-6763. And you can email the court by clicking here.
This courthouse is located at:4011 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Ste 1200 Austin, TX 78744
This courthouse is located at:1000 Guadalupe, Rms 112 & 117 Austin, TX 78701
The Travis courthouse is located at:1000 Guadalupe, Rms 112 & 117 Austin, TX 78701