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  • Texas Judicial System Overview [Brochure - PDF]

    This brochure explains each of the levels within the court system, the types of courts, and their jurisdiction. Content Detail

    Texas Judiciary Online
  • Texas Justice of the Peace Courts

    The Texas Constitution requires that each county in the State establish between one and eight justice of the peace precincts, depending upon the population of the county. Also, depending on the population of the precinct, either one or two justice of the peace courts are to be established in each precinct. There are approximately 840 justice of the peace courts in Texas. Justice of the peace courts have original jurisdiction in Class C misdemeanor criminal cases, which are less serious minor offenses. These courts also have jurisdiction of minor civil matters. A justice of the peace may issue search or arrest warrants, and may serve as the coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner. These courts also function as small claims courts. Content Detail

    Office of Court Administration
  • Texas Municipal Courts

    Under its authority to create such other courts as may be necessary, the Texas Legislature has created municipal courts in each of the incorporated cities of the State. Municipal courts operate in approximately 875 cities and towns. The larger cities are served by multiple courts, the number depending upon the population of the city and the needs of the public. These courts have original and exclusive jurisdiction over violations of city ordinances and, within the city limits, have concurrent jurisdiction with justice of the peace courts over Class C misdemeanor criminal cases where the punishment upon conviction is by small fine only. When city ordinances relating to fire safety, zoning, public health, or sanitation are violated, fines of up to $2,000 may be charged, when authorized by the governing body of the city. Municipal judges may issue search or arrest warrants. These courts do not have jurisdiction in most civil cases but do have limited civil jurisdiction in cases which involve owners of dangerous dogs. Content Detail

    Office of Court Administration
  • Texas Supreme Court

    The Texas Supreme Court is the highest court in the state for appeals in civil cases. Content Detail