JP Duties

What Does a Justice of the Peace Do?

The Justice of the Peace plays a critical role in the lives of citizens who come before the court.

Duties & Responsibilities

Following are the duties and responsibilities of the Justice of the Peace:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases (most traffic cases,  theft under $100, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, driving without a valid license, simple assault, gambling, criminal trespassing, living a child in a vehicle, possession of alcohol in a vehicle, minor in possession of alcohol, minor driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia) punishable by fine only up to $500.
  • Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Hears truancy cases.
  • Performs magistrate duties.
  • Conducts inquests.