Can I 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. 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.
Can I file my small claims case in Uvalde 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).
What can I expect at trial?
Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. It will likely be pretty quick. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
Uvalde 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. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
The justice of the peace for Uvalde County presides over small claims court actions for Uvalde County.
Types of Small Claims Cases
A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle accident. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.
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). You cannot seek injunctive relief. 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 would be called injunctive relief. Small Claims actions are heard in 5 courthouses throughout Uvalde County.
Uvalde County Court Locations
The precinct map for Uvalde County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Uvalde
This courthouse is located at:#14 Courthouse Sq Uvalde, TX 78801-5239
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