Justices of the Peace

Rules


The rules (PDF) relating to practice before Justice Courts are found at Part V of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

**Be advised that neither the Justices nor their Clerks can give legal advice.**



Petition Support Forms

The following form is required to be submitted with each filed petition.


Fees
  • Filing - $41
  • Service - $75

Class C Misdemeanor


Justice of the Peace courts also adjudicate the class C misdemeanor criminal cases which are filed in their courts by the various state and county agencies, which are authorized to write citations, for example:
  • Constable's Office
  • Cosmetology Commission
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Game Wardens
  • Health and Water Departments
  • Plumbing Board
  • School Attendance Offices
  • Sheriff's Department

Other Duties


A Justice of the Peace duties also include matters such as:


  • Driver's license suspension hearings
  • Deed restriction cases
  • Disposition of stolen property hearings

A Justice of the Peace is also a magistrate and those duties include matters such as:
adult and juvenile magistrate's warnings (on all classes of criminal offenses)


  • Arraignments on class C misdemeanors
  • Magistrate's emergency protective orders
  • Signing of probable cause warrants.