Hidalgo County Small Claims Court, Texas

Can I 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. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003). Small Claims actions are heard in 9 courthouses throughout Hidalgo County.

Hidalgo County Small Claims Court

Hidalgo County Small Claims Court

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). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of money). You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable 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.

What can I expect at trial?

Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. 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.

Can I appeal my case?

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

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

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

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. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.

Hidalgo County Court Clerk

The clerk is often the first person small claims court litigants interact with in their case. The clerk is knowledgeable at all of the procedures and will be able to inform you of any specific local procedures for Hidalgo County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.

Can I file my small claims case in Hidalgo County?

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).

Hidalgo County Court Locations

The precinct map for Hidalgo County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Weslaco

This courthouse is located at:

1902 Joe Stephens, Ste 301
Weslaco, TX 78596

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)447-3995. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Weslaco

This courthouse is located at:

1902 Joe Stephens, Ste 302
Weslaco, TX 78599

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)968-0707. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Pharr

This courthouse is located at:

300 W Hall Acres Rd, Ste F
Pharr, TX 78577-2563

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)784-3540. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Pharr

This courthouse is located at:

300 W Hall Acres Rd, Ste D
Pharr, TX 78577

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)787-1986. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Mission

This courthouse is located at:

730 N Breyfogle Rd, Ste C
Mission, TX 78574

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)519-8422. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Mission

This courthouse is located at:

730 N Breyfogle Rd, Ste A
Mission, TX 78574

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)581-2124. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Edinburg

This courthouse is located at:

212 N 12th Ave
Edinburg, TX 78541

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)380-4473.

Precinct 4 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Edinburg

This courthouse is located at:

224 N 12th Ave
Edinburg, TX 78541-3504

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)383-0921.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Elsa

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 2127
Elsa, TX 78543

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)262-3300.

One comment

  1. Jose A. Galvan says:

    I have around 500 people who owe me around $518 Each person,
    I have a personal loan business and those 500 people each owe me that amount, that is of course with the accumulated interest of “ONLY” 3 months, it has been more than 6 months but i didn’t add interest due that i didn’t know if it is in the legal parameters, but please let me know if there i a fee for me to file this 500 cases, i have all personal information of the delinquent customers like Social security number, Texas ID, and contracts.

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