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How to Sue in Justice Court (Small Claims Court)

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This article provides information on justice court basics. This is an overview of a brochure written by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.


This guide, written by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, has detailed information on how to file a lawsuit in justice court, also known as small claims court.

Specifically, it has information on:

  • What Is Justice Court? 
  • Are There Alternatives to Justice Court?
  • Who Can Sue in Justice Court? 
  • What Type Of  Case Can Be Brought in Justice Court?
  • Is Justice Court Right for You?
  • Whom can you sue?
  • Should you check with a lawyer? 
  • Have you waited too long to file suit?
  • How do you file a suit? 
  • What if you are sued?
  • What happens at the trial?
  • How do you prepare for your case?
  • What if I am unhappy with the decision?
  •  What do I do after I win?

Click the link below for the full publication.

Click Here for the Guide

Click the link below for more information from the Texas State Law Library.

Click Here for More Information

Click the link below for forms you can use in small claims court (courtesy of the Texas Justice Court Training Center).

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What is the maximum amount of money you can be awarded in Justice Court?

In Justice Court, the most you can recover is $10,000, including any attorneys’ fees. Texas Gov't Code 27.031. Suits in Justice Courts are governed by Texas Rules of Civil Procedure 500 – 510

*Note that effective September 1, 2020, the maximum amount of money that you can get in damages in small claims court has increased to $20,000 from $10,000. Learn more from this Texas Justice Court Training Center video, and read Texas Rules of Civil Procedure part 5.