Do I need A Lawyer?
Small claims court litigants in Texas normally represent themselves without an attorney. This is largely because the amount at issue in the case is not large enough to justify the hiring of an attorney. Nevertheless, you are allowed to retain one if you desire. (Texas Government Code Section 28.003).
How are trials conducted?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. 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. It will likely be pretty quick. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.
Small Claims Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Kleberg County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. 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.
Small claims cases in Kleberg County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Kleberg County. Kleberg County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 4 courthouses in Kleberg County.
Can I file my small claims case in Kleberg County?
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.
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. This type of relief would be injunctive relief.
Types of Cases
Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard in small claims court. Cases include damages from an automobile accident, a security deposit from a landlord, or breach of a contract. Under Texas law, collections cases and claim assignments cannot be heard in small claims court.
Kleberg County Court Locations
The precinct map for Kleberg County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Kingsville
This courthouse is located at:2505 E Kenedy Kingsville, TX 78363
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Kingsville
This courthouse is located at:620 N 3rd Kingsville, TX 78363
Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Riviera
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 214 Riviera, TX 78379-0214
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Kingsville
This courthouse is located at:622 N 14th St Kingsville, TX 78363