Bexar County Small Claims Court

Small Claims actions are heard in 6 courthouses throughout Bexar County. This County serves the following places: Alamo Heights, Balcones Heights, Cibolo, China Grove, Converse, Fair Oaks Ranch, Helotes, Hollywood Park, Kirby, Leon Valley, Live Oak, Olmos Park, San Antonio, Schertz, Shavano Park, Somerset, St, and unincorporated parts of Bexar County.

Bexar County Small Claims Court

Bexar County Small Claims Court

Do I need to hire an Attorney?

Small claims court litigants in Texas normally 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).

How are trials conducted?

The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. It will likely be pretty quick. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.

Types of Cases

Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. 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. The only types of cases that are prohibited are an assignment of a claim (whereby you transfer your interest in a case for someone else to collect), a divorce, or a case filed by a collection agency or agents.

Are Appeals Allowed?

A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.

Judge

Small claims cases in Bexar County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Bexar County.

Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions

We recommend contacting the court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. This will ensure the courthouse is open and someone is available to assist with the filing of your claim. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.

Where do I file my small claims court case?

The action is generally filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside (where they live) or where location where the Defendants contracted themselves to perform. (Texas Government Code Section 28.011).

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). The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. 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.

San Antonio Courthouse

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The website is located here. The phone number for the court is (210)335-2803. You can email the court here.

San Antonio Courthouse

The San Antonio courthouse is located at:

1313 SE Military Dr, Ste 114
San Antonio, TX 78214-2850

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 3. The court’s website is here. This court can be reached at (210)335-4500. You can also contact the court via email by clicking here.

San Antonio Courthouse

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The Bexar courthouse is located at:

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

The court’s website is here. The court’s phone number is (210)335-4800. You can email the court here.

San Antonio Courthouse

The San Antonio courthouse is located at:

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

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

San Antonio Courthouse

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

San Antonio Courthouse

The San Antonio courthouse is located at:

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

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The website is located here. This court can be reached at (210)335-4900. You can email the court here.

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