Justice of the Peace
The justice of the peace presides over the court that is most accessible to the average citizen. Justices of the peace hear misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only and can hear most civil cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000.
The justice of the peace also performs the functions of a magistrate and conducts inquests. In addition, a justice of the peace may issue warrants for search and arrest. Justices of the peace also issue civil process, conduct preliminary hearings, administer oaths, perform marriages and serve as a coroner in counties where there is no medical examiner. The justice of the peace may also conduct inquests.
The Texas Supreme Court has approved Rules of Practice in Justice Courts which will go into effect on August 31, 2013.
To view the new Rules for Justice Court cases:
The Rules of Practice in Justice Courts require the Justice Courts to make the rules of Evidence available for examination.
To view the Rules of Evidence: "Click Here"
Offices will be Closed for Training
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
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