Precincts 2 & 4
ATTENTION: PLEASE READ
To comply with the Nationwide Declaration of disaster from the President of the United States, the Governor of Texas, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Additionally, to protect Court Staff and the general Public from potential exposure to COVID-19, the Justice Court of Precincts 2 & 4 of Midland County will immediately implement the following procedures:
The lobby for the Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 & 4 will be closed to the general public until further notice.
You may contact the Court by calling the following numbers Monday thru Friday 8:00am-12:00pm only:
Civil Cases/Evictions only:
Criminal/Traffic Citations Only:
ALL APPEARANCE DATES LISTED ON A TRAFFIC CITATION ARE AUTOMATICALLY EXTENDED FOR 45 DAYS. THEREFORE, YOU MAY HOLD OFF ON CONTACTING THE COURT. NO WARRANTS WILL BE ISSUED. THE COURT WILL ALWAYS SEND WRITTEN NOTICE BEFORE ANY ADVERSE ACTION IS TAKEN. YOU MAY ALSO PAY YOUR FINE by clicking “pay my fine”.
IF YOU ARE ALREADY MAKING PAYMENTS ON A CASE YOU MAY CONTINUE TO MAKE THOSE PAYMENTS by clicking the “pay my fine”. You may also discuss payment arrangements with the Clerk. If deemed appropriate the Clerk will schedule an in office, in person appointment. For the most part, face-to-face meetings will be limited to those deemed necessary. You may also email the court at JP24clerks@mcounty.com. Due to the high volume of calls and emails please be patient.
THERE IS A HOLD ON ALL CIVIL CASES. THERE WILL BE NO TRIALS UNTIL MAY 1, 2020. ALL CURRENTLY FILED AND PENDING CIVIL, SMALL CLAIMS, DEBT COLLECTION CASES AND EVICTIONS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL MAY 1, 2020 AND THIS HOLD MAY BE EXTENDED FURTHER DEPENDING UPON CURRENT EVENTS.
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT CIVIL CASES, INCLUDING EVICTIONS PLEASE CALL THE CIVIL CLERKS AT 432-688-4735 OR 432-688-4744 OR EMAIL THEM AT email@example.com .
The Justice of the Peace is the legal jurisdiction closest to the average citizen. It is often referred to as "The People’s Court". There are four of these judges in Midland County, each elected to a four year term. Their precincts follow the same lines as the county commissioners.
The Justice Courts adjudicate class C misdemeanor cases that are punishable by fine only, including traffic tickets, penal code offenses, hot checks and Parks and Wildlife violations. They also deal extensively with juvenile matters including informing juveniles of their rights before being questioned by a law enforcement officer, truancy (compulsory school attendance cases), alcohol and tobacco violations, and shoplifting.
The Midland County Justices of the Peace are the designated Magistrates for Midland County. Each day a Justice of the Peace reviews arrest affidavits and criminal complaints to determine if sufficient probable cause exists, informs defendants of their rights, sets bond and issues bond conditions on offenses when and where appropriate including Emergency Protective Orders in family violence cases.
Justices of the Peace also enforce certain county and state ordinances; including environmental violations, illegal dumping, illegal towing, and burn bans violations.
The Justice of the Peace also has jurisdiction in all civil cases in which the amount of controversy is $10,000 or less. These may include:
- Driver’s license hearings.
- Enforcement of liens on personal property
- General small claim cases
- Landlord and tenant matters
- Matters concerning foreclosure of mortgages
- Suits on account (debt claim)
- Tort cases
Additionally, the Midland County Justices of the Peace serve as a coroner and conduct inquests because Midland County has no medical examiner.
The Midland County Justices of the Peace and the Clerks of the Midland County Justice Courts are not allowed to give legal advice. You are urged to review any applicable laws, Justice Court Civil Rules of Procedure and to consult an attorney of your choice for further information or answers to specific legal questions.