Willacy County Small Claims Court, Texas

Small Claims Court Clerk

We recommend contacting the Willacy 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 Willacy County. We recommend calling the clerk’s office to ensure the courthouse is open. Also, while the clerk can answer questions about procedures, the clerk cannot give legal advice.

Judge

A Justice of the Peace for Willacy County hears small claims court cases for Willacy County. Willacy County Small Claims Court cases are heard in 5 courthouses in Willacy County.

Willacy County Small Claims Court

Willacy County Small Claims Court

Do I need A Lawyer?

Small claims court litigants in Texas normally represent themselves without an attorney. The reasoning behind this is because the amount is $10,000 or less, hiring an attorney becomes cost prohibitive. However, you are allowed to retain one if you choose.

What can I expect at trial?

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. Trials generally are pretty short (15-20 minutes). A jury trial will likely last longer, probably a few hours.

Can I file my small claims case in Willacy 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 Case Types

A variety of cases are handled in small claims court. From a security deposit on a rental to a motor vehicle 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.

Can I appeal my case?

A party can appeal a ruling if the amount of the judge’s award is in excess of $250.00.

Limit (or Jurisdiction) of Small Claims Court

A plaintiff cannot demand more than $10,000 in their action. (Texas Government Code 28.093). Small claims parties can only recover money. 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 would be called injunctive relief.

Willacy County Court Locations

Precinct 1 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Raymondville

This courthouse is located at:

576 W Main Ave, Rm 158
Raymondville, TX 78580

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)699-5018.

Precinct 2 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Raymondville

This courthouse is located at:

494 W Hidalgo Ave
Raymondville, TX 78580

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)689-6255.

Precinct 3 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Raymondville

This courthouse is located at:

494 W Hidalgo Ave
Raymondville, TX 78580-2638

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)689-3381.

Precinct 4 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Raymondville

This courthouse is located at:

494 W Hidalgo Ave
Raymondville, TX 78580-2638

This courthouse handles cases for Precinct 4 Place 1. The court’s website can be found here. The phone number for the court is (956)689-3381. And you can email the court by clicking here.

Precinct 5 Place 1 Courthouse in the City of Raymondville

This courthouse is located at:

494 W Hidalgo Ave
Raymondville, TX 78580-2638

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)689-3381. And you can email the court by clicking here.

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