Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
Small claims cases in Uvalde County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Uvalde County.
Uvalde County Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Uvalde 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. Uvalde County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 5 courthouses in Uvalde County.
Do I need A Lawyer?
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. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.
Are there appeals in small claims court?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Small Claims Court Case Types
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard 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.
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).
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of 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 cannot seek injunctive 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. 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. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. 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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Uvalde County Court Locations
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Uvalde
This courthouse is located at:
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Sabinal
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 177 Sabinal, TX 78881-0177
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Utopia
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 416 Utopia, TX 78884-0416
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Uvalde
This courthouse is located at:#12 Courthouse Sq, 3rd Fl Courthouse Uvalde, TX 78801-5220
Precinct 6 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Uvalde
This courthouse is located at:339 Kingfisher Ln, Box 4 Uvalde, TX 78801-5239