Parker County Court Clerk
The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. 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.
Can I file my small claims case in Parker 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).
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable 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.
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 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.
Types of Small Claims Cases
Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. This could be an action to get your security deposit back, or an action to recover money for damage done to your vehicle after a car accident. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.
Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Parker County hears small claims court cases for Parker County.
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. 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.
Are Appeals Allowed?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00. Small Claims actions are heard in 4 courthouses throughout Parker County.
Parker County Court Locations
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Springtown
This courthouse is located at:
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Weatherford
This courthouse is located at:207 Fort Worth Hwy Weatherford, TX 76086-4442
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Weatherford
This courthouse is located at:1112 Santa Fe Dr Weatherford, TX 76086
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Willow Park
This courthouse is located at:5189 E I-20 Service Rd N, Ste 109 Willow Park, TX 76087