Starr County Small Claims Court, Texas

Types of 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. 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. If a jury trial is required, the trial could last a few hours.

Can I appeal my case?

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

Small Claims Court Venue

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). Small Claims actions are heard in 8 courthouses throughout Starr County.

Starr County Small Claims Court

Starr County Small Claims Court

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

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

Starr County Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Starr County court clerk before proceeding down to the courthouse to file your action. 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. 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?

You are allowed to hire an attorney (Texas Government Code Section 28.003), however, most small claims court parties choose to represent themselves. This is largely because the amount at issue in the case is not large enough to justify the hiring of an attorney. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).

Small Claims Court Jurisdiction

You cannot demand or ask for more than $10,000 in a small claims court case. (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, 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.

Starr County Court Locations

The precinct map for Starr County can be found here.

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Rio Grande City

This courthouse is located at:

4208 W Hwy 83
Rio Grande City, TX 78582

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)849-4558.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Roma

This courthouse is located at:

1705 N Athens
Roma, TX 78584

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)849-1253.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Grulla

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 276
Grulla, TX 78548

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)487-7049.

Precinct 4 Places 1 & 2 Courthouse in the City of Rio Grande City

This courthouse is located at:

401 N Britton Ave, Rm 403
Rio Grande City, TX 78582

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Places 1 & 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)716-4800.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Rio Grande City

This courthouse is located at:

1264 FM 2686
Rio Grande City, TX 78582

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)481-3210.

Precinct 6 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Garciasville

This courthouse is located at:

P O Box 308
Garciasville, TX 78547

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 6 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)487-7180.

Precinct 7 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Roma

This courthouse is located at:

2530 N Hwy 83
Roma, TX 78584

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 7 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)848-5717.

Precinct 8 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Roma

This courthouse is located at:

5095 Old Escobares, Hwy 83
Roma, TX 78584

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 8 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)849-7450. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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