PRECINCT I - JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
PRECINCT II - JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
HOURS OF OPERATION
PRECINCT IV - JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
Judge Doug Preston
P. O. Box 1607
Hilltop Lakes, TX 77871
Reply Form & Schedule of Fines
Rules for Justice Courts Cases
Courtesy Letter - Traffic Citation
Courtesy Letter - Commercial Vehicle Traffic Citation
Justice of the Peace
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: 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.