Justices of the Peace

From the Texas Association of Counties: 
What is a Justice of the Peace?

The justice of the peace presides over the justice court in cases involving misdemeanors, small civil disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and more. They also conduct inquests and may perform marriage ceremonies.

What Does a Justice of the Peace Do in Texas

A justice of the peace in Texas has the following duties:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only
  • Hears civil cases with up to $20,000 in controversy
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes
  • Hears truancy cases
  • Performs magistrate duties
  • Conducts inquests

Texas Association of Counties 2021. Texas Justice of the Peace.

Where Do I File a Case?

What Precinct Am I In?

Precinct Map

Rockwall County JP Local Rules of Administration