Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace

  • 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.

Visit the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association website to learn more.


Are justice of the peace judges?

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.

Can justice of the peace marry you?

Yes. A Justice of the Peace in Texas may conduct marriage ceremonies.

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