Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?
A Justice of the Peace for Nueces County hears small claims court cases for Nueces County.
Where do I file my small claims court case?
The action is generally filed in the County and Precinct where the defendants reside (where they live) or where location where the Defendants contracted themselves to perform. (Texas Government Code Section 28.011).
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).
Types of Small Claims Cases
A variety of cases are handled 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. 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.
What can I expect at trial?
The trial is relatively informal compared to a normal trial. In fact, the judge in small claims court is charged with developing facts of the case and may question or summon witnesses. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours. Small Claims Court cases for Nueces are heard in 9 LOCATIONS throughout Nueces County.
Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court
A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Additionally, a small claims court plaintiff can only ask the court for monetary relief. You are unable to seek injunctive or equitable relief. For example, you could sue a dry cleaner for ruining your clothes and ask for money to replace the clothes, but you cannot ask the judge for an order for the dry cleaner to repair your clothes. This would be called injunctive relief.
Nueces 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 Nueces 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.
Are Appeals Allowed?
Yes, but only if the amount in controversy is in excess of $250.
Nueces County Court Locations
The precinct map for Nueces County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Corpus Christi
This courthouse is located at:901 Leopard, Ste 116 Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Precinct 1 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Corpus Christi
This courthouse is located at:901 Leopard, Ste 115 Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Precinct 1 Place 3 Courthouse in the City of Corpus Christi
This courthouse is located at:11408 Leopard Corpus Christi, TX 78410-2600
Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Corpus Christi
This courthouse is located at:4626 Weber Rd, Ste 300 Corpus Christi, TX 78411-3542
Precinct 2 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Corpus Christi
This courthouse is located at:10110 Compton Rd Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Bishop
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 27 Bishop, TX 78343-0027
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)584-2411.
Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Port Aransas
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 133 Port Aransas, TX 78373
Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Robstown
This courthouse is located at:710 E Main Robstown, TX 78380
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)767-5205.
Precinct 5 Place 2 Courthouse in the City of Agua Dulce
This courthouse is located at:P O Box 387 Agua Dulce, TX 78330
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 5 Place 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)998-2231.