The office of the Justice of the Peace was created by the Constitution. The Justice presides over Criminal Class C Misdemeanors. Class C Misdemeanors include, but are not limited to offenses found in the Traffic Code, Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, Education Code, Parks and Wildlife Code, and the Alcohol & Beverage Code. Civil Justice Court with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000 and a Small Claims Court with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000. In addition the Justice presides over numerous administrative actions, such as appeals on the concealed handgun permits driver license suspensions, peace bonds, illegal lockouts, illegal towing, magistration, and search warrants. The Justice is on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for emergency mental warrants, search warrants, arrest warrants or death inquests.
“The duties of a Justice of the Peace are widely varied, as a Justice of the Peace I become involved with citizens at some of the most sensitive times of their lives, whether sharing in the joy of their marriage, the sadness of losing a loved one, presiding over a civil or a criminal matter, the court has the opportunity to be a positive influence on each life.”