Victoria County Small Claims Court, Texas

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).

Can I hire an attorney?

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 because cases involving $10,000 or less usually do not justify the cost of an attorney. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose. Small Claims actions are heard in 4 courthouses throughout Victoria County.

Victoria County Small Claims Court

Victoria County Small Claims Court

Small Claims Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Victoria 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. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.

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. 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. A small claims court trial is much quicker, often lasting between 15-20 minutes. However, if a party wishes for a jury trial, it will likely last a few hours.

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). 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 type of relief would be injunctive relief.

Are Appeals Allowed?

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

Small Claims Court Case Types

Most cases for the recovery of money can be heard 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.

Who is the judge in a Small Claims Court case?

Small claims cases in Victoria County are heard in front of the justice of the peace for Victoria County.

Victoria County Court Locations

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

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 2. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)575-0012. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 3 Courthouse in the City of Victoria

This courthouse is located at:

111-A N Glass
Victoria, TX 77901-6544

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 3. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)575-0246. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 4 Courthouse in the City of Victoria

This courthouse is located at:

2604 E Mockingbird, Ste C
Victoria, TX 77904

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (361)573-5073. And you can email the court by clicking here.

3 comments

  1. deb zygmunt says:

    I live at 337 Champlain St in the County off of 236 – what precinct am I in.

  2. Michelle Spence says:

    I am needing to file a small claim, and would like to get as much of the paperwork completed as possible before I come to the courthouse. Is there a form that I can download and get all of the information that I possibly can completed on it?
    Thanks!

  3. Michelle garza says:

    Need to know which precinct to file a small claims on. The address is 205 antelope.

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