Pct.1 Justice of the Peace
Office: (830) 202-3051
Fax: (830) 483-5111
Cell: (830) 202-1225
Alt: (830) 879-4456
212 Center St.
Cotulla, TX 78014
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Open Thru The Lunch Hour)
Fridays: 8:00am to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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NEW STATEMENT OF INABILITY TO AFFORD PAYMENT OF COURT COSTS OR APPEAL BOND IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. The Supreme Court of Texas released an updated Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs or Appeal Bond in both English and Spanish on October 20, 2022. Click here for the form. Note that this form must be either signed under penalty of perjury or before a notary public.
Description of Office
The justice of the peace is the legal jurisdiction closest to the average citizen. Justices of the peace hear misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only. The justice court also has authority to hear most civil cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000.
The justice of the peace also performs the functions of a magistrate and conducts inquests. In addition, a justice of the peace may issue may issue a variety of civil process, as well warrants for search and arrest. Justices of the peace also conduct preliminary hearings, administer oaths, perform marriages and serve as a coroner in counties where there is no medical examiner. They can also deal with matters concerning foreclosure of mortgages and enforcement of liens on personal property, as well as landlord-tenant disputes.
As with all elected county officials, the justice of the peace has ultimate authority over the operations of the office, including the authority to hire and fire personnel and direct their daily activities. The justice of the peace also has authority to determine how to use all other resources allocated to the office during the budget process.
The Justice Court accepts money order, cashier's check, company check, or online payments. Make payable to the Justice of the Peace.
For more complete information about the duties of a justice of the peace and other county officials, click here.