Justice of the Peace

The Texas Constitution requires that each county in the State establish between one and eight justice of the peace precincts, depending upon the population of the county. Also, depending on the population of the precinct, either one or two justice of the peace courts are to be established in each precinct. There are approximately 820 justice of the peace courts in Texas.

Justice of the peace courts have original jurisdiction in Class C misdemeanor criminal cases, which are less serious minor offenses. These courts also have jurisdiction of minor civil matters. A justice of the peace may issue search or arrest warrants, and may serve as the coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner. These courts also function as small claims courts.

Wichita County is split into 4 Justice of the Peace Precincts with 2 Judges presiding over Precinct One in Wichita Falls. Precinct two is located in Burkburnett, Precinct three is located in Iowa Park and while Precinct 4 is in Electra.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PARTIES

Please visit the following link for the full version of the New Rules.

http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/miscdocket/13/13904900.pdf

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

 

New rules apply to ALL Civil Suits in the Justice of the Peace Courts.

An Action taken in a case pending prior to September 1, 2013 is treated as valid.

Where citation or other process was issued or served prior to September 1. 2013, in compliance with any previously applicable procedure, the party served has the time provided for under the previously applicable procedure to answer or otherwise respond.