Judgments rendered by small claims court may be appealed to county court, but that court's final judgment is indeed final. Because no further appeal to a court of appeals is authorized, the attempted appeal is dismissed for want of jurisdiction.
Dadi v. Atlas Rehab Group, Inc.
(Tex.App.- Houston [1st Dist.] July 3, 2008)(Alcala)(no further appeal from de novo review of small claims court judgment in county court)
Opinion by Justice Elsa Alcala
Panel composition: Before Justices Nuchia, Alcala and Hanks
01-06-00922-CV Roghiyeh Dadi v. Atlas Rehab Group, Inc.
Appeal from County Civil Court at Law No 3 of Harris County (Judge Bradshaw-Hull)
FROM THE OPINION BY JUSTICE ALCALA:
Dadi asserts that this Court has jurisdiction to consider the appeal. An appeal from a small claims court final judgment is to the county court or county court at law. Tex. Gov't Code Ann. § 28.052(a) (Vernon Supp. 2007). The county court or county court at law hears the appeal de novo, and judgment on the appeal is final. Id. at § 28.053(b), (d) (Vernon 2004).
The word "final" as used in section 28.053(d) means that there is no further appeal to any other court. Sultan v. Mathew, 178 S.W.3d 747, 749-50 (Tex. 2005); Davis v. Covert, 983 S.W.2d 301, 302 (Tex. App.--Houston [1st Dist.] 1998, pet. dism'd w.o.j.) (en banc).
Here, Dadi is appealing a final judgment from a county court at law on an appeal from a judgment from a small claims court. We hold that courts of appeals do not have jurisdiction over judgments of county courts or county courts at law following a de novo appeal from small claims court.
We dismiss this appeal for lack of jurisdiction.