Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

Honorable Yvonne Michelle Williams

Richard Scott Building
4717 Heflin Lane
Suite 107
Austin, Texas 78721

Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays until 7 p.m.
Lobby Hours: Monday–Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Phone: (512) 854-7700
Fax: (512) 929-3047

Important Notice:

Justice of the Peace Precinct One is assisting customers by appointment only. Call 512-854-7700 or send an email to jp1@traviscountytx.gov to schedule an appointment. Walk-up customers will be rescheduled if an opening is not available.

Read the JP1 Pre-Scheduled Hearings handout in English or Spanish.

This information is current as of January 9, 2024.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Virtual hearings are at the court's discretion.

You can visit the Justice Court Pct. 1 webpage for the most up-to-date information. You can also read the Justice of the Peace Local Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Decorum for updated procedures.

At the court’s discretion, they may require new filings be limited to E-File (E-FileTexas.gov) or to the Justice Court’s designated filing email: JP1@traviscountytx.gov. Read and use the JP Guide and File for Step by Step Civil Filing.

You must file your case in the Justice Court where one or more defendants reside, except as otherwise provided by law. Eviction cases should be filed where the leased property is located. All other civil cases may be filed according to any applicable jurisdiction and venue laws. It is your responsibility to file a case in the correct precinct.

Each Justice Court is responsible for setting hearings and trials in their court and for sending out the notices.

Yes. You can request a virtual hearing or trial or request a party or witness be allowed to participate virtually or by phone in advance so long as it is in the interest of justice. You must file a written motion before the announcement period for the trial or hearing. 

If you want to demand a civil jury trial, you must file a written request in the court where your case is filed no later than 14 days before the date your case is set for trial. It will be at the discretion of the court to allow a virtual jury trial.

In cases in the interest of justice, the court may permit a witness to appear by phone or virtually. You should contact the court with any questions.

If you have any questions concerning a virtual hearing, to schedule an appointment, or schedule a marriage, email: JP1@traviscountytx.gov or call (512) 854-7700.

Source URL: https://texaslawhelp.org/checklist/justice-of-the-peace-precinct-1