Hidalgo County Small Claims Court, Texas

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). Small claims parties can only recover money. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. Say your landscaper breaks a sprinkler head. You can ask the court for money to replace the sprinkler head, but you cannot ask the court for an order requiring the landscaper to physically replace the sprinkler head. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.

Small Claims Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Hidalgo 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 Hidalgo County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. 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.

Do I need A Lawyer?

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). Hidalgo County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 9 courthouses in Hidalgo County.

Hidalgo County Small Claims Court

Hidalgo County Small Claims Court

How are trials conducted?

Unlike regular civil trials, small claims court rules do not follow the Rules of Evidence. There are no rules of evidence. Furthermore, the judge is allowed and often ask questions of witnesses and parties to help understand the facts of a case. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

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 Small Claims 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.

Small Claims Court Venue

You should file your action in the County and specific Precinct where the defendants reside or where the defendant has contracted to perform. (Government Code Section 28.011).

Are Appeals Allowed?

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

Hidalgo County Court Locations

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

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. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Elsa

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 238
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)292-7015.

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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