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Justices of Peace


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

Clerk to the Justices of the Peace Pct 1 & 2
Tonya Sheldon, Phone 254-547-5993

Clerk to the Justices of the Peace Pct 3 & 4
Cindy JP #3, Jackie JP #4 Phone 254-865-2912



Precinct 1 – John Guinn

210 South 1st St.
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

Phone 254-547-5993
FAX 254-547-6007
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Precinct 2 – Bill Price

210 South 1st St.
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

Phone 254-547-6517
FAX 254-547-6007
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Precinct 3  – Jim Caldwell

508 East Leon Street
Gatesville, Texas 76528

Phone 254-865-2912
FAX 254-865-2978

Now accepting online payments for JP 3 Citations

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Precinct 4  – Coy Latham

508 East Leon Street
Gatesville, Texas 76528

Phone 254-865-5913
FAX 254-865-2978

Now accepting online payments for JP 4 Citations

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The Justice of the Peace is the legal jurisdiction closest to the average citizen.

Section 19 of Article 5 of the Texas Constitution provides that the Justice of the Peace Courts have original jurisdiction in criminal matters of misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only and such other jurisdiction as may be provided by law. Original jurisdiction is the authority to accept a case at its inception, try it and pass judgment based upon the laws and facts. This is distinguished from appellate jurisdiction which is jurisdiction to review a court’s action. The Justice of the Peace performs the functions of a magistrate and conducts inquests.

A Justice of the Peace may issue warrants for search and arrest, conduct preliminary hearings, administers oaths, perform marriages and serve as a coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner. The Justice Court also functions as a small claims court in civil matters in which exclusive jurisdiction is not in district or county court and the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000. They also deal with matters concerning evictions.

  • Traffic Tickets
  • Evictions
  • Truancy
  • Civil and Small Claims
  • Occupational License, must meet basic requirements.

FEES:

  • $46.00 Filing Fee
  • $85.00 Service Fee per person in Coryell County
  • $ 7.00 Filing Fee For Writ of Possession
  • $150.00 Service Fee for a Writ of Possession

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