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Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Courts

Hidalgo County

Learn the virtual court procedures, who you need to contact, and more about the Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Courts.
Overview

Guide Overview

Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts handle civil and criminal cases, including small claims (amount is $20,000 or less), Section 28 matters, school (truancy and discipline) cases, class C misdemeanors, justice court, and administrative hearings. These are lawsuits over debts, evictions, car accidents, unlawful towing, and property issues. Most JP’s perform marriage ceremonies as well. 

This guide contains information on all Hidalgo County JP Courts. 

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Research Tips

Read our articles on Zoom and how to use it to prepare for your hearing. You should also read the following rules of practice and procedure for Justice Courts: 

Common questions about Hidalgo County

The nine Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Courts are located in five precincts across Hidalgo County. Contact the Election Department at (956) 318-2570 to verify the precinct your case should be filed in. 

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1—Weslaco, Mercedes, and Eastern Hidalgo County Area 

Justice of the Peace Precinct 2—South McAllen, Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, and Hidalgo Area 

Justice of the Peace Precinct 3—West McAllen, Mission, and Western Hidalgo County Area 

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4—North McAllen, Edinburg, and Northern Hidalgo County Area 

Justice of the Peace Precinct 5—Delta Area 

You can use the Hidalgo County Court Records Inquiry search available on the Hidalgo County website. You can also visit the Justice of the Peace Court your case is in to view your records in person.

You can read How to E-File to learn about E-Filing. 

You can read How to E-File to learn about E-Filing. Not every Justice Court may allow e-filing, read about your specific court’s procedures to learn more.

You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal through the ScoffLaw Case Information System website. After searching for your case in the system, you will have the option of paying for your case with a credit card. You can access the payment portal on the Justices of the Peace homepage.

Instructions & Forms

Honorable Gilberto Saenz 

1902 Joe Stephens Avenue 
Suite 301 
Weslaco, Texas 78596 
 
Phone: (956) 447-3995 
Fax: (956) 447-9522 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Watch JP Precinct 1-1’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Unknown. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

Justice Court Pct. 1-1 does not have a website you can visit. Call the court for any information on virtual court procedures.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 447-3995.

Honorable Jesus E. Morales 

1902 Joe Stephens Avenue 
Suite 302 
Weslaco, Texas 78596 
 
Phone: (956) 968-0707 
Fax: (956) 968-8827 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Watch JP Precinct 1-2’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Unknown. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

Justice Court Pct. 1-2 does not have a website you can visit. Call the court for any information on virtual court procedures.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 968-0707.

Honorable Bobby Contreras 

300 W. Hall Acres 
Suite F 
Pharr, Texas 78577 
 
Phone: (956) 784-3540 
Fax: (956) 784-3541 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) 

Watch JP Precinct 2-1’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Unknown. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 2-1's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case. Read JP 2-1's Instructions and Information for Filing a Justice Court Suit to learn about filing your suit. This packet includes sample forms for small claims, debt claim, and repair and remedy cases. 

To file an eviction case, you may use the Eviction Package provided by the court on its website.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 784-3540 or jp2.1@co.hidalgo.tx.us.

Honorable Jaime Jerry Munoz 

300 W. Hall Acres 
Suite D 
Pharr, Texas 78577 
 
Phone: (956) 787-1986 
Fax: (956) 787-9343 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Watch JP Precinct 2-2’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Unknown. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

Justice Court Pct. 2-2 does not have a website you can visit. Contact the court for any information on virtual court procedures.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 787-1986 or juan.jasso@co.hidalgo.tx.us.

Honorable Dr. Sonia M. Trevino 

730 N. Breyfogle Road 
Suite C 
Mission, Texas 78577 
 
Phone: (956) 519-8422 
Fax: (956) 519-1796 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Watch JP Precinct 3-1’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Hearings may be in person or virtual at a party’s request.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 3-1's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online. 

You can also make a traffic ticket payment with money orders and cashier’s checks at the payment drop box in the front of the JP 3-1 office.

All civil filings are accepted by mail or when dropped off in person. Any criminal requests may be submitted by fax or email for review. 

For civil filings, the court provides self-help packets for debt claims, evictions, small claims, and lockouts under the Self Help Packets section of the Self Help Resources page on the court’s homepage. 

Forms for criminal cases, evictions, small claims, debt claims, ODLs, evictions, and other miscellaneous matters may also be found on the court’s homepage.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Yes. Any party may request the hearing be conducted virtually on Zoom or in person. The court also recommends that many matters may be handled over the phone.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 519-8422 or jp3.1@co.hidalgo.tx.us.

Honorable Juan Jose Peña Jr. 

730 N. Breyfogle Road 
Suite A 
Mission, Texas 78577 
 
Phone: (956) 581-2124 
Fax: (956) 581-2134 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) 

Watch JP Precinct 3-2’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 3-2's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case. 

Forms for small claims cases may be found on the court’s homepage.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing. 

All criminal cases and ticket hearings are heard in person every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Yes. Any party may request the hearing be conducted virtually on Zoom or in person. The court also recommends that many matters may be handled over the phone. 

All criminal cases and ticket hearings are heard in person every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact Court Coordinator Dana Rodriguez at (956) 581-2124 or jp32@co.hidalgo.tx.us.

Honorable Charlie Espinoza 

212 N. 12th Avenue 
Edinburg, Texas 78541 
 
Phone: (956) 380-4473 
Fax: (956) 380-4029 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) 

Watch JP Precinct 4-1’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

Justice Court Pct. 4-1 does not have a website you can visit. Contact the court for any information on virtual court procedures.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 380-4473.

Honorable Andre Maldonado 

212 N. 12th Avenue 
Edinburg, Texas 78541 
 
Phone: (956) 383-0921 
Fax: (956) 383-7430 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Watch JP Precinct 4-2’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 4-2's webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 383-0921 or roxanna.delacruz1@co.hidalgo.tx.us.

Honorable Jason Peña 

708 E Edinburg Avenue 
Suite B 
Elsa, TX 78543 
 
Phone: (956) 292-7015 
Fax: (956) 383-7430 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) 

This information is current as of March 30, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Contact the court for information.

Justice Court Pct. 5 does not have a website you can visit. Contact the court for any information on virtual court procedures.

Yes. You can make payments online through the Hidalgo County Courts Online Credit Card Payments Portal. Search for your case by entering your date of birth and either your last name or driver’s license number, then you will have the option to pay for your case online.

All documents must be filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case.

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing.

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court.

No. All jury trials are held in person only.

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns.

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the court at (956) 292-7015.

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