Justices of the Peace

12/02/2022 - Due to the process of swapping Court Management Systems, Justice of the Peace precinct One, Two and Three will not be able to accept online payments at this time. You may still submit payments by mail, in person or by phone.

Regarding COVID-19 and Civil Cases


Duties and Responsibilities

A justice of the peace has the authority to:

  • Administer oaths 
  • Conduct preliminary hearings
  • Issue warrants for search and arrest 
  • Serve as a coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner 
  • Serve as an administrative court judge for a variety of miscellaneous court procedures
  • Serve as a trial court judge for Class C misdemeanors

Civil Suits

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. This also includes eviction suits.

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Precincts

There are four justice of the peace precincts:

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