Guadalupe County Small Claims Court, Texas

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

The plaintiff’s demand for money cannot exceed $10,000. (Texas 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, 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.

Judges for Small Claims Court Cases in Guadalupe County

The justice of the peace for Guadalupe County presides over small claims court actions for Guadalupe County.

Can I appeal my case?

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

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 is the trial like?

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. It will likely be pretty quick. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Do I need A Lawyer?

Small claims court litigants in Texas normally represent themselves without an attorney. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).

Clerk’s Role in Small Claims Court Actions

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. 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.

Types of Small Claims 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. 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. Small Claims Court cases for Guadalupe are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Guadalupe County.

Guadalupe County Small Claims Court

Guadalupe County Small Claims Court

Guadalupe County Court Locations

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Seguin

This courthouse is located at:

US Hwy 90 E
Seguin, TX 78155-1236

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)372-4223. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Seguin

This courthouse is located at:

101 E Court St, #212
Seguin, TX 78155-5729

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)379-2214. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Schertz

This courthouse is located at:

1101 Elbel Rd, Ste 6
Schertz, TX 78154-2053

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (210)945-6685. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Seguin

This courthouse is located at:

11144 FM 725
Seguin, TX 78155-9559

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (830)372-8916. And you can email the court by clicking here.

2 comments

  1. Aida Bebon says:

    I have a tenant that is six months late on rent and have asked her to leave this month. She says she was going to pay and has not. I have a lease and would like to get some of the rent. She is a nurse. What do I have to do to file the action.
    Thanks,
    A. Bebon

  2. Nikki Baker says:

    My mom was recently a victim of Hurricane Harvey. We found a home to rent in Seguin and due to her age I felt it best that I go ahead and relocate with her. After we moved in to the home we have had several issues with electrical, appliances, heat, and water leaks.
    We have recently relocated again and we are asking the Landlord to refund my mothers full FEMA deposit, which they have refused. I do have a timeline of events and pictures. Are there Pro Bono attorneys that will help us?

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