Justices of the Peace

IMPORTANT NOTICE MUST READ:

Due to health and safety concerns regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), Justice of the Peace courts will be operating with limited operations until further notice. Please visit each court’s page for additional information.

Note:

      • All non-essential court proceedings will be rescheduled until after May 8
      • All evictions (commercial and residential) are rescheduled until May 8
      • No writs of possession shall be issued until May 13
      • Class C ticket appearances are rescheduled
      • No warrants for failing to appear to court for traffic tickets will be issued.

Please read the Standing Order Regarding COVID-19 for Justices of the Peace for full details.

FORMS FOR ESSENTIAL COURT PROCEEDINGS

Justices of the peace handle both civil and criminal cases, including small claims court, justice court, and administrative hearings. In practical terms, these are lawsuits over debts, evictions, car accidents, unlawful towing, and property.

Their criminal workload involves disposing of all class C criminal misdemeanor complaints, such as traffic citations, issuance of bad check, and others. These cases involve payment, setting contested cases for trial, and pretrial hearings with the county prosecutor.

Other duties include presiding over peace bond hearings, reviewing applications for mental health or chemically dependent commitments, conducting compulsory school attendance trials, giving warnings to juveniles required by law. They issue warrants for and conduct hearings concerning seizure and disposition of cruelly treated animals. Most JP's perform marriage ceremonies as well.

Contact JP

Precinct 1
Judge Yvonne M. Williams

Precinct 2
Judge Randall Slagle

Precinct 3
Judge Sylvia Holmes

Precinct 4
Judge Raùl Arturo González

Precinct 5
Judge Nicholas Chu

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