Victoria County Court Clerk
We recommend contacting the Victoria 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 Victoria 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.
How are trials conducted?
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. Generally the judge will ask questions to help develop the facts and understand the context and circumstances surrounding the case. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.
A Justice of the Peace for Victoria County hears small claims court cases for Victoria County.
Do I need to hire an Attorney?
In Texas, small claims parties generally represent themselves without an attorney. This is because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. You are not required to have an attorney, but you are allowed one. (Government Code 28.003).
Can I file my case in small claims court?
A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Another restriction of small claims court is that a plaintiff can only seek monetary relief (an award of money). The court has no authority to issue an injunctive or equitable award. 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 would be called injunctive relief.
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.
Can I appeal my case?
Appeals are allowed if the amount of the award exceeds $250.00.
Can I file my small claims case in Victoria County?
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 Court cases for Victoria are heard in 4 LOCATIONS throughout Victoria County.
Victoria County Court Locations
The precinct map for Victoria County can be found here.
Precinct 1 Courthouse in the City of Victoria
This courthouse is located at:704 N Goldman St Victoria, TX 77901-6913
This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)573-0836.
Precinct 2 Courthouse in the City of Victoria
This courthouse is located at:4407 Lilac Ln Victoria, TX 77901-2626
Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Victoria
This courthouse is located at:111-A N Glass Victoria, TX 77901-6544
Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Victoria
This courthouse is located at:2604 E Mockingbird, Ste C Victoria, TX 77904