The Justice of the Peace is the legal jurisdiction closest to the average citizen.
Section 19 of Article 5 of the Texas Constitution provides that the Justice of the Peace Courts have original jurisdiction in criminal matters of misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only and such other jurisdiction as may be provided by law. Original jurisdiction is the authority to accept a case at its inception, try it and pass judgment based upon the laws and facts. This is distinguished from appellate jurisdiction which is jurisdiction to review a court’s action. The Justice of the Peace performs the functions of a magistrate and conducts inquests.
A Justice of the Peace may issue warrants for search and arrest, conduct preliminary hearings, administers oaths, perform marriages and serve as a coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner. The Justice Court also functions as a small claims court in civil matters in which exclusive jurisdiction is not in district or county court and the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000. They also deal with matters concerning evictions.
- Traffic Tickets
- Civil and Small Claims
- Occupational License, must meet basic requirements.
- $46.00 Filing Fee
- $85.00 Service Fee per person in Coryell County
- $ 7.00 Filing Fee For Writ of Possession
- $150.00 Service Fee for a Writ of Possession
|Precinct 1 – John Guinnemail@example.com||Phone 254-547-5993
|Precinct 2 – Bill Pricefirstname.lastname@example.org||Phone 254-547-6517
|Precinct 3 – Jim Caldwellemail@example.com||Phone 254-865-2912
|Precinct 4 – Coy Lathamfirstname.lastname@example.org||Phone 254-865-5913
|Justices of the Peace Precinct Map|
Clerk to the Justices of the Peace Pct 1 & 2
Tonya Sheldon, Phone 254-547-5993
Clerk to the Justices of the Peace Pct 3 & 4
Cindy JP #3, Jackie JP #4 Phone 254-865-2912
Each Petition will require the information Sheet and Military Affidavit or it will not be processed.