Galveston County Small Claims Court, Texas

Can I file my case in small claims court?

You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You cannot seek injunctive relief. For example, you could sue a dry cleaner for ruining your clothes and ask for money to replace the clothes, but you cannot ask the judge for an order for the dry cleaner to repair your clothes. This would be called injunctive relief.

Are Appeals Allowed?

Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.

Types of Cases

Small claims courts handle a wide variety of cases. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. 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. Galveston County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 9 courthouses in Galveston County.

Galveston County Small Claims Court

Galveston County Small Claims Court

Small Claims Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Galveston County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Galveston County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.

How are trials conducted?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. There are no rules of evidence. Additionally, the judge is allowed to ask questions of the parties and witnesses, and generally takes a more proactive role in determining the facts of a case. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

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

Can I file my small claims case in Galveston County?

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).

Do I need to hire an Attorney?

You are allowed to hire an attorney (Texas Government Code Section 28.003), however, most small claims court parties choose to represent themselves. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).

Galveston County Court Locations

The precinct map for Galveston County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Galveston

This courthouse is located at:

1922 Sealy, Sam Popovich Annex
Galveston, TX 77550

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)766-2250. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Galveston

This courthouse is located at:

1922 Sealy, Sam Popovich Annex
Galveston, TX 77550

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)770-5455. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of La Marque

This courthouse is located at:

203 Vauthier Rd
La Marque, TX 77568

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)765-2925. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Santa Fe

This courthouse is located at:

P O Drawer B
Santa Fe, TX 77510

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)770-5484. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Courthouse in the City of Texas City

This courthouse is located at:

2516 Texas Ave, Rm 135
Texas City, TX 77590

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)770-5821. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 7 Courthouse in the City of Bacliff

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 8327
Bacliff, TX 77518

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 7. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)316-8804. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 8 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of League City

This courthouse is located at:

174 Calder Rd, Rm 111
League City, TX 77573

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 8 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)316-8716. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 8 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of League City

This courthouse is located at:

174 Calder Rd, Rm 111
League City, TX 77573

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 8 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (281)338-6490. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 6 Courthouse in the City of Crystal Beach

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 1435
Crystal Beach, TX 77650-1435

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 6. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (409)765-2952.

One comment

  1. Mom says:

    We have received a citation small claims. We are unable to contact anyone at the number on the citation–281.338.6490. It just keeps routing back to the recording. How do we talk to a live person? We have questions. Thanks.

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