SMALL CLAIMS LAWSUITS IN TEXAS

Small claims are cases filed in the justice court system (also referred to as justice of the peace courts) in Texas. Justice courts provide a more informal setting than the district or county courts, so parties will often represent themselves rather than hiring an attorney. The limit to the amount that a person can sue for in justice court is $20,000. Justice courts can also settle landlord/tenant disputes such as evictions and repairs.

 

DALLAS COUNTY

Dallas County is split among 5 different precincts.  Each precinct has its own courthouse and presently houses 2 Justices of the Peace (the judge).  Generally speaking, you have to file a small claims court lawsuit in the precinct in which the defendant resides (or principal office if suing a company).  Within that precinct, you can choose which of the 2 courts in which you want to file the lawsuit.

Dallas County JP (Justice of the Peace) Main Page

Dallas County Small Claims Procedures

 

HARRIS COUNTY (HOUSTON)

Harris County (Houston) is split among 8 different precincts.  Each precinct has its own courthouse and presently houses 1 Justice of the Peace (the judge).  Generally speaking, you have to file a small claims court lawsuit in the precinct in which the defendant resides (or principal office if suing a company).  Within that precinct, you can choose which of the 2 courts in which you want to file the lawsuit.

Harris County – About the Justice Courts

 

TRAVIS COUNTY (AUSTIN)

Travis County (Austin) is split among just 5 different precincts.  Each precinct has its own courthouse and presently houses 1 Justice of the Peace (the judge).  Generally speaking, you have to file a small claims court lawsuit in the precinct in which the defendant resides (or principal office if suing a company).  

Travis County Precinct Map

Travis County Justice Courts Main Page

 

BEXAR COUNTY (SAN ANTONIO)

Bexar County (San Antonio) is split among just 5 different precincts.  Each precinct has its own courthouse and presently houses 1 Justice of the Peace (the judge), except for Precinct 1, which has 2 Justices.  Generally speaking, you have to file a small claims court lawsuit in the precinct in which the defendant resides (or principal office if suing a company).  

Bexar County Justice Courts Main Page

 

OTHER COUNTIES

Texas has 254 counties, more than any other state in the U.S.  We can’t list every county here, but rest assured that the procedures and protocols are the virtually the same – no matter the county, no matter the precinct.  We have just as much experience in small counties and precincts as we do in the metropolitan counties.  Look at our calendar online and book an appointment today to speak with an experienced small claims lawyer about your legal question.