Jim Hogg County Small Claims Court, Texas

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. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.

Where do I file my small claims court case?

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). Small Claims Court cases for Jim Hogg are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Jim Hogg County.

Jim Hogg County Small Claims Court

Jim Hogg County Small Claims Court

Types of Small Claims Cases

A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle accident. 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.

Small Claims Court Clerk

The clerk at the courthouse can be an excellent resource for your case. The clerk is an excellent resource for the procedure for small claims court cases in Texas but also any procedures specific to that County or courthouse. It is recommended that you contact the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open during the hours you want to visit. Remember, the court clerk is trained to assist with procedural questions, but is not able to give legal advice.

What is the trial like?

Small claims court trials are very informal compared to a regular civil trial. This allows the trials to be conducted in a much more informal fashion. 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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Are Appeals Allowed?

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

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. 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 would be called injunctive relief.

Judge

A Justice of the Peace for Jim Hogg County hears small claims court cases for Jim Hogg County.

Jim Hogg County Court Locations

The precinct map for Jim Hogg County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Hebbronville

This courthouse is located at:

201 N Oak, Ste 1
Hebbronville, TX 78361

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)527-5830. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Hebbronville

This courthouse is located at:

201 N Oak, Ste 1
Hebbronville, TX 78361

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)527-5830.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Hebbronville

This courthouse is located at:

201 N Oak, Ste 1
Hebbronville, TX 78361

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)527-5830.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Hebbronville

This courthouse is located at:

201 N Oak, Ste 1
Hebbronville, TX 78361

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)527-5830.

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