Justice of the Peace

Description of Office

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
  • Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Hears truancy cases.
  • Performs magistrate duties.
  • Conducts inquests.
For more complete information about the duties of a justice of the peace and other county officials, see the "2016 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

Education Requirements

Coordinating body
Texas Justice Center Courts Training Center
1701 Directors Blvd, Suite 530
Austin, Texas 78744

Thea Whalen, Executive Director
(512) 347-9927
(512) 347-9921 (fax)
The Texas Justice Center is the permanent contact for justices of the peace hours.
Programs that qualify
Any approved by the Justice Court Education Committee.
Filing for credit
Justices of the peace may either send a letter requesting continuing education approval prior to or immediately following a seminar or program for which they wish to receive credits to the Texas Justice Courts Training Center (TJCTC). The Justice Court Education Committee will then decide if credits will be granted and the number of hours that may be earned.
Continuing education requirements
Justices of the peace are required to obtain 80 hours during their first year in office and 20 hours annually thereafter.
Legal source
Government Code, Section 27.005

Open Government Training Information

Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website​.

County Official Organizations

The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy.

The association for this office:
For more information about training courses, view the Texas Justice Court Training Center event calendar​. ​​