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Taylor County Justice of the Peace Courts

Taylor County

Learn the virtual court procedures, who you need to contact, and more about the Taylor County Justice of the Peace Courts.
Overview

Guide Overview

Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts handle civil and criminal cases, including small claims (amount is $20,000 or less), justice court, and administrative hearings. These are lawsuits over debts, evictions, car accidents, unlawful towing, and property issues. Most JP’s perform marriage ceremonies as well. 

This guide contains information on all Taylor County JP Courts. 

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Research Tips

Read our articles on Zoom and how to use it to prepare for your hearing. You should also read the following documents from the Taylor County Court Administrator: 

Common questions about Taylor County

The Taylor County Justice of the Peace Courts are located in 4 precincts across Taylor County. The Taylor County precinct map will help you determine which JP court your case is in. 

You can use the Taylor County Court Records Inquiry tool for records of your case or fine. 

You can read How to E-File to learn about E-Filing. 

You can also read more about E-Filing Information on the Taylor County website. 

Taylor County JP Courts do accept online payments. However, you will need to contact the court for the complete online payment details. 

Taylor County JP Courts use Certified Payments by Deluxe to accept online payments. You will need to enter a Bureau Code which you should find at the top of your citation or by contacting your court. 

Read Payments for more information. 

Instructions & Forms

Honorable Mike McAuliffe 

450 Pecan St. 

Suite 110 

Abilene, TX 79602 


Phone: (325) 674-1338 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) 

This information is current as of March 30, 2023. 

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
No N/A Contact the court for more information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 1 Place 1's webpage for the most up-to-date information. 

Yes. You can make payments online through the Taylor County Justice of the Peace Court Payment Portal

All documents must be e-filed or filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case. 

Read EFiling in Civil for more information. 

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.  

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing. 

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court. 

Contact the court for more information on virtual jury trials. 

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns. 

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the Court at (325) 674-1338 or by emailing jp1-1@taylorcounty.texas.gov

Honorable Shawna Joiner 

450 Pecan Street 

Suite 120 

Abilene, TX 79602 
 
Phone: (325) 674-1267 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) 

This information is current as of March 30, 2023. 

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
No N/A Contact the court for more information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 1 Place 2's webpage for the most up-to-date information. 

Yes. You can make payments online through the Taylor County Justice of the Peace Court Payment Portal.  

All documents must be e-filed or filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case. 

Read EFiling in Civil for more information. 

Contact the court to schedule a hearing. 

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing. 

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court. 

Contact the court for more information on virtual jury trials. 

Possibly. Contact the court if you have concerns. 

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the Court at (325) 674-1267 or by emailing jp1-2@taylorcounty.texas.gov

Honorable Bob Jones 

301 Kent Street 

P.O. Box 225 

Merkel, TX 79536 
 
Phone: (325) 928-5114 

Hours: Monday–Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.); Friday; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.. 

This information is current as of March 30, 2023. 

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
No N/A Contact the court for more information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 2's webpage for the most up-to-date information. 

Yes. You can make payments online through the Taylor County Justice of the Peace Court Payment Portal

All documents must be e-filed or filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case. 

Also, read EFiling in Civil for more information. 

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.  

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing. 

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court. 

Contact the court for more information on virtual jury trials. 

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns. 

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the Court at (325) 928-5114 or by emailing jp2merkel@taylorcounty.texas.gov

Honorable Earl Donnell 

442 Graham Street 

Tuscola, TX 79562 
 
Phone: (325) 554-7893 

Hours: Monday–Thursday; 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.); Friday; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

This information is current as of March 30, 2023. 

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
No N/A Contact the court for more information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 3's webpage for the most up-to-date information. 

Yes. You can make payments online through the Taylor County Justice of the Peace Court Payment Portal

All documents must be e-filed or filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case. 

Also, read EFiling in Civil for more information. 

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.  

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing. 

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court. 

Contact the court for more information regarding virtual jury trials. 

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns. 

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the Court at (325) 554-7893 or by emailing jp3tuscola@taylorcounty.texas.gov

Honorable David Doherty 

155 Main Street 

P.O. Box 5 

Lawn, TX 79530 
 
Phone: (325) 583-2341 

Hours: Monday–Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 

This information is current as of March 30, 2023. 

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
No N/A Contact the court for more information.

You can visit Justice Court Pct. 4's webpage for the most up-to-date information. 

Yes. You can make payments online through the Taylor County Justice of the Peace Court Payment Portal

All documents must be e-filed or filed in person or by mail with the court. Contact the court for information on filing a case. 

Also, read EFiling in Civil for more information. 

Contact the court to schedule a hearing.  

Possibly. Depending on the complexity of the matter, type of hearing, and the situation, the court will use its discretion to permit virtual hearings. Contact the court to see if you can schedule a virtual hearing. 

Court staff will contact you after your hearing is set with instructions for the hearing, including how evidence is submitted and presented to the court. 

Contact the court for more information on virtual jury trials. 

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator if you have concerns. 

If you have any questions concerning your case or court procedures, contact the Court at (325) 583-2341 or by emailing jp4law@taylorcounty.texas.gov

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