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Responsibilities of the Justice of the Peace


Administrative Hearings Officer




Texas Counties Deliver
County Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

Charles Morton
1700 Wilbarger Street
Vernon, TX 76384

Phone: (940) 553-2306
Fax: (940) 553-2328

Justice of the Peace Precinct 2

Lewis Templeton

1700 Wilbarger Street Room 22A
Vernon, TX 76384

Phone: (940) 553-2307
Fax: (940) 553-3321

Information about Justice Court filings:
Rules for Justice Court Cases                

Texas Rules of Evidence

Texas Rules of Civil Procedure

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure


The Justice of the Peace courts have original jurisdiction over Class C Misdemeanor cases with fine only, plus Justice and Small Claims Court cases where the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000.00.

The Justice court has jurisdiction over all eviction suits and writs of re-entry. The Justice of the Peace may issue warrants for arrest plus search and seizure warrants. The Justice of the Peace also conducts administrative and magistrate hearings, which include bail settings, arraignments, driver's license suspensions, peace bonds, examining trials, stolen property and illegally towed vehicles. The court collects fines and fees for various civil and criminal cases filed. The Justice of the Peace performs marriage ceremonies. The Justice Court also has jurisdiction on truancy cases when the juvenile court has waived its jurisdiction, plus Failure to Attend School and thwarting cases have waived the jurisdiction.

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