Due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 the Justice Courts in Collin County are operating using both electronic media (Zoom) and in person hearings at the courtroom.
Be sure to pay special attention to your court hearing notification. Your appearance instructions will be clearly indicated.
Please Note When 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).
The Justice of the Peace's primary function is to hold civil court both justice and small claims as quickly and judiciously as possible to relieve the caseload of the higher courts. In addition to these functions the court has criminal jurisdiction of such cases as bad checks, truancy, some traffic offenses, issue peace bonds and hold hearings on the same. The Justice of the Peace Court in Texas performs magisterial duties such as accepting criminal complaints, ordering arrests, issuing search warrants, conducting examining trials and appointing legal counsel. For more information you may read the
Local Rules of Procedure for the Collin County Justice of the Peace Courts.
Links & Resources
All Justice of the Peace offices accept civil filings electronically, you can find out more information by visiting www.efiletexas.gov.