Bexar County Small Claims Court, Texas

Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions

The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. The clerk is an excellent resource for the procedure for small claims court cases in Texas but also any procedures specific to that County or courthouse. It is recommended that you contact the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open during the hours you want to visit. While the clerk can help you with procedural issues, the clerk is not able to give legal advice. They will direct you to an attorney if answering your question would require that.

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of money). You cannot seek injunctive relief. For example, if you pay a painter $1,000 to paint your house and the painter does not even begin, you cannot ask the court to issue an order for the painter to paint your house. You could only ask the court for an award of money.

Can I appeal my case?

Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.

Types of Small Claims Cases

Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. This could be an action to get your security deposit back, or an action to recover money for damage done to your vehicle after a car accident. However, small claims court cannot handle assignments of claims (where one person transfers their interest in an action to another), a divorce proceedings, and cases filed by collection agencies or agents.

Small Claims Court Venue

In order to follow correct procedure, a small claims case needs to be filed in the proper county and precinct. In Texas, the action is filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside or where a contract was to be performed. (Government Code Section 28.011).

What can I expect at trial?

The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. It will likely be pretty quick. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

Small claims cases in Bexar County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Bexar County. Small Claims actions are heard in 5 courthouses throughout Bexar County.

Bexar County Small Claims Court

Bexar County Small Claims Court

Can I hire an attorney?

In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).

Bexar County Court Locations

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Antonio

This courthouse is located at:

3505 Pleasanton Rd
San Antonio, TX 78221

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (210)335-4500. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of San Antonio

This courthouse is located at:

3505 Pleasanton Rd
San Antonio, TX 78221

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (210)335-4500.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Antonio

This courthouse is located at:

7723 Guilbeau Rd, Ste 105
San Antonio, TX 78250-3216

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (210)335-4800. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Antonio

This courthouse is located at:

320 Interpark Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78217

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (210)335-4700. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of San Antonio

This courthouse is located at:

2711 SE Loop 410, Ste 200
San Antonio, TX 78222

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (210)335-4900. And you can email the court by clicking here.

20 comments

  1. Naomi Bates says:

    I am interested in filing a small claims lawsuit. How do I figure out which courthouse/precinct I need to appear at?
    I reside at 13422 Coram Peak, San Antonio, TX 78248.
    Please advise

  2. angie allen says:

    I need to know what precinct the following address falls in. 431 Wake Forest , San Antonio, TX 78228. I need a file
    in small claims court, but cannot get verification of the
    correct precinct to file in.

  3. Steve Gravitt says:

    Can I find a form online that I can download to file a claim in small claims court, Precinct 1.

  4. Raymond Bane says:

    i want to file a small claims suit. I live in comal county and the defendant lives in Bexar county. Where do i file the suit? I am close to Cibolo. Thank You

  5. Frank De La Rosa says:

    I need to identify which precinct I would need to address a question to. My address is 1723 Autumn Woods- San Antonio, Texas 78232

  6. efrain gutierrez says:

    I’m trying to take a insurance company to small claim court. I don’t know if I’m on the right website can somebody please help me. Thank you

  7. dj baker says:

    I have an ex-girlfreind that has owed me a $1000 for almost a year now and I haven’t seen any effort to repay me. What do I need to do?

  8. Herbert Eubanks says:

    I currently live in Dallas and I am wondering what the easiest way would be to file suit in small claims court. Considering that I live in another city, am I able to email or mail it in? Also, if so, where do I find the forms at and does it have to be in the form of check, money order, or debit card?

    Thank you!

  9. hilda Rodriguez says:

    In aug of 2005 my daughter had her party my mom paid a photographer in full for pictures and video we never went to pick we had death in family and time just passed then in 2012 he contacts my mom and states he git rid of everything because we didn’t pick up can he do that or do we have a claim.

  10. Michael A Hicks Sr says:

    I would like to file a clams against my X attorney for1) recover excess retainer fees& 2) pain and suffering. Can I do it as one case or will I need to make a second case, I have won my case with the bar but was not awarded anything!

    Cell 225-921-2101

  11. Darlin Evans says:

    I live at 1305 Arroyo Verde, Schertz, TX 78154 and would like to use the Small Claims Court. How do I know which precinct and Place to file?

    Thank you

  12. Laurence Branch says:

    I wish to bring a small claims court action against USAA I live in Florida. Which San Antonio courthouse do I contact. Thank you

  13. Regina Rivas says:

    I would like to file a claim but not sure what precint
    I live at 2845 FM 1516 South san antonio Tx 78263.also
    can I file thru the computer?if you can please help me.
    Thank you.Regina Rivas

  14. sonia valdez says:

    what precint and place corralates to me. I live at 7402 stagecoach san antonio,tx 78227.

  15. Jennifer Fielding says:

    I would like to file a small claim against Calliope Talent in Selma TX 78154. I live in Austin, TX and was advised to file in Bexar county. Please let me know what I need to proceed. Thank you.

    – Jennifer Fielding
    512-296-4367

  16. Olivia Holmes says:

    If the defendant and I entered a contract in San Antonio and then the defendant moved to California and is now refusing to honor the contract, can I sue her in small claims court in San Antonio where the contract was formed or do I have to file a claim in California?

  17. Ernst Hoessly says:

    I gave the defendant equipment to sell a consignment dealer and he sold some of the equipment and did not pay all the money agreed to. I sent a certified demand notice to return the equipment not sold and pay the balance and it came back unaccepted.

    His address is in Universal City and my address is 14635 Blanco Rd 78216. Where do I file my court claim?

  18. Scott Frazier says:

    I have several small claims suits I need to file. How do I determine which locations to go to?

  19. Paul D Williams says:

    I had a contractor do that damage to my Sprinkler system and also to my neighbor sprinkler system while tiring to get out his bobcat.He refuse to pay for damages and complete work that he was contract to perform, which small claims court can i file my claim,

  20. Bettina C Cisneros says:

    If I won my small claims and the defendant is ordered to pay $200 to me..how do I receive that money? And can they appeal that judgement?

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