What Is Small Claims Court?

In Texas, small claims court provides a place where you can go to get back money that someone owes you. Court procedures are simple, inexpensive, quick and informal. Most people who appear in small claims court don't have a lawyer. The amount involved can't exceed $10,000. More

Filing a Small Claims Suit

If you decide to pursue a lawsuit, the first step in filing a small claims action is obtaining and filling out the necessary forms. You should file your claim in the county where the person you're suing lives or where the event which caused you to file a complaint occurred. More

Small Claims Trials

After the complaint has been filed and the defendant served, both sides need to prepare their case for court. You should write a statement, gather documents, select witnesses, decide on the order in which you will present your evidence, and prepare what you will say in court. More

Witnesses at a Small Claims Trial

Witnesses are people who come to court to tell what they've seen or heard. These people should either be witnesses who saw what happened or experts on the subject matter of the claim involved. Whether you're the plaintiff or the defendant, you may bring witnesses to trial to support your story. More

After Small Claims Court

Generally, the judge's decision will be announced at the end of a small claims trial. If the judgment is in your favor and you receive payment, you must sign and give to the other party an order to satisfy which the other party must file with the court clerk to end the case. More

Collecting the Judgment

The small claims process isn't necessarily over just because you filed a claim, went to trial and won a court judgment. You may need to take action and spend money to enforce the judgment. The court won't collect the judgment for you. More

Alternatives to Small Claims Court

There are alternative ways to solve your legal problems outside of court. These alternatives are called alternative dispute resolution or ADR for short. All forms of ADR use a neutral person to decide a case or help both sides come to an agreement without a trial. More

Related Resources on Lawyers.comsm
- Start the process with our Texas Small Claims Worksheet
- Next in the Small Claims series: Filing a Small Claims Suit in Texas
- Success In Small Claims Court
- Small Claims Court Terms
- Defending a Small Claims Court Case
- Visit our Small Claims Court Forum for more help

Related Web Links
- How to Sue in Texas Small Claims Court
- Texas Justice of the Peace Courts
- Clerks of the Texas Courts

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