Small Claims Court
So you have a complaint against someone but it just isn?t that big. You don?t want to let it go, but you don?t want to pay a lawyer either. The answer? File a small claims action.
In Texas, a small claims action can be filed for anything up to $10,000. Anything more than $10,000 must be filed in a County Court or District Court.
But where do you file your claim? You should file your claim at the Justice of the Peace Court where the Defendant lives or operates his or her business. If it is a large corporation and they do business in every county, say like a Home Depot or the like, you can just file where your particular JP is located.
It usually costs around $30 to file your case and another $75 to serve the Defendant. If you sue more than one Defendant, it will cost you an additional $75 for each Defendant.
If you win, you will get a judgment in your favor that can be executed, a legal term for enforced, on the defendant.
If you lose, you can appeal if you do so within 10 days of the judge?s decision to a County Court and the whole process or trial begins again from te beginning.