Appointment as the Travis County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5
Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
The Honorable Herb Evans, Travis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct Five, is retiring effective May 1, 2017. The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve in that role until January 1, 2019.
What is the role of a Justice of the Peace?
The justice of the peace is the presiding officer of the justice court and the small claims court. The justice of the peace has jurisdiction over minor misdemeanor offenses (Class C), and in civil matters where the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000. A variety of civil process, as well as arrest and search warrants, can be issued by the justice of the peace. The justice of the peace also sits as judge of the small claims courts, in actions for the recovery of money, which does not exceed $10,000.
The justice of the peace may also preside over hearings pertaining to suspension of driver licenses and conduct other hearings and inquests. The justice of the peace may conduct marriage ceremonies and serves as ex officio notary public for the precinct. The justice of the peace has administrative and financial duties concerning the keeping of records and fee and expense reports.
What are the minimum qualifications for a Justice of the Peace?
A justice of the peace must:
- be a United States citizen;
- be 18 years of age or older on May 1, 2017;
- be mentally competent
- have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
- have resided in Texas for at least 12 months and in Precinct 5 for at least six months immediately preceding May 1; and
- be registered to vote in Precinct 5.
In addition to the minimum qualifications listed about, the Commissioners Court has approved the following criteria:
Attorneys licensed to practice in Texas courts are strongly preferred. Preference will be given to attorneys with several years of courtroom experience, with the majority of that experience in criminal law.
Additionally the Travis County Commissioners Court seeks the following qualities in applicants:
- Commitment to fairness and equal justice under law
- Experience managing a small team of professionals in the accomplishment of the JP court’s duties
- Demonstrated work ethic and ability to handle the workload of a very busy and important court
- Mature and seasoned community leader
Applicants must be a resident of Travis County Precinct 5.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, by 5:00 pm.