As Denton County offices begin to re-open, Texas Justice Courts are still under Supreme Court order to only hear essential needs cases until June 1st (unless extended by the Supreme Court). Essential needs cases include: Writs of Re-Entry, Writs of Restoration, Repair and Remedy cases and Emergency Detention Hearings.
Due to this limited scope and to protect the health and safety of court staff and the public, the Denton County Justices of the Peace offices will be available by appointment only through May 29th. All civil cases can be filed electronically using E-File Texas to file your own petition or Texas Guide and File to create and file your petition online. Criminal cases can also be handled electronically (unless the defendant is 16 years old or younger).
Contact the respective court if you need information to take care of your citation, need to schedule an appointment to file an essential needs case or have any other questions.
Justices of the Peace have jurisdiction in criminal and civil matters:
Civil function is to hold justice court judiciously and as quickly as possible
Criminal jurisdiction of the court includes Class C Misdemeanor cases such as bad checks, truancy, fine only traffic offenses, and Parks and Wildlife violations
Perform magisterial duties such as accepting criminal complaints, ordering arrests, and issuing search warrants
Perform wedding ceremonies
Use the Justice of the Peace / Constable Precinct Search to find your precinct.
Contacting A Court
A judge shall not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte or other communications made to the judge outside the presence of the parties....concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding. A judge shall require compliance with this subsection by court personnel subject to his or her direction and control...
Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 3, Section B. (8).
Do not attempt to contact a judge - by mail, e-mail, phone, or in person - about any pending or potential lawsuit! Doing so may result in serious consequences.