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Justices of the Peace

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace

Honorable Richard DeLeon
200 N. Almond Street
Alice, Texas 78332

Phone: 361-668-5719, Press 8
Fax: 361-661-0697


Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace

Honorable Matthew Schmidt
P.O. Box 150
Sandia, Texas 78383

Phone: 361-547-9796
Fax: 361-547-0990

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace

Honorable Sylvia I. Johnson
P.O. Drawer H
Premont, Texas 78375

Phone: 361-348-2773
Fax: 361-348-3821


Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace

Honorable McKenzie Chapa
P.O. Box 331
Orange Grove, Texas 78372

General Questions: 361-384-2486
Tickets/Citations: 361-384-4357 
Civil Court:  361-384-4351

Fax: 361-384-0417

Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace

Honorable Noe Cadena
P.O. Box 746
Alice, Texas 78333

Phone: 361-664-9987
Fax: 361-668-6384

About the Office

The justice of the peace is elected for a term of four years from each justice precinct in the county (a precinct may have more than one justice of the peace). The justice of the peace is the presiding officer of the justice court and the small claims court. The justice of the peace has jurisdiction over minor misdemeanor offenses (Class C), and in civil matters where the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000. A variety of civil process, as well as arrest and search warrants, can be issued by the justice of the peace. The justice of the peace also sits as judge of the small claims courts, in actions for the recovery of money, which does not exceed $20,000.

The justice of the peace may also preside over hearings pertaining to suspension of driver licenses and conduct other hearings and inquests. The justice of the peace may conduct marriage ceremonies and serves as ex officio notary public for the precinct.

What are other duties and responsibilities of Justice of the Peace?

The most important duties of the justice of the peace (JP) are judicial: holding justice court, acting as judge of small claims court, issuing a variety of process and writs in situations where justice court has jurisdiction, holding court for minor misdemeanor offenses, and assisting in evidence proceedings. Other duties and responsibilities include: Issuing writs of sequestration, garnishment, and attachments within the limits of jurisdiction; Having jurisdiction on school attendance trials; Having hearings pertaining to mistreated animals, and health regulation violations and littering; Ordering autopsies as requested by the district attorney or county attorney; Receiving referrals for inquests into causes of death; Administering and certifying oaths and affidavits; Conducting hearings to determine whether probable cause existed for the towing and storage of a motor vehicle without the owner's consent; and Numerous other tasks.

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