Texas Small Claims Court: An Overview

Key facts about Texas's small claims court procedure.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Texas?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $10,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Texas?

Small claims cases in Texas are heard in the Small Claims Court (Justice Court).

How long does the defendant have to answer the small claims court complaint?

In Texas, the defendant may file a written answer on or before 10:00 a.m. on the Monday after ten days from service of process.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Texas?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Texas.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Texas?

Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Texas, but must be heard by a higher court.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Texas?

In Texas, either party may demand a jury trial by filing a request at least one day before the hearing.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in Texas?

For more information about Texas small claims court, see www.courts.state.tx.us/courts/jp.asp.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).

Last updated on 10/01/09.

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