Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve as a visiting Justice of the Peace.

Justice of the Peace Courts provide the following services:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C Misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
  • Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.
  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Hears truancy cases.
  • Performs magistrate duties.
  • Review and sign documents such as warrants, motions for continuances, civil writs, etc.

Selected candidates will be added to a roster of individuals available to serve as a visiting justice when a judge is temporarily away from the bench. A temporary justice may also be asked to serve to help dispose of accumulated business in the precinct. All attempts will be made to provide as much notice as possible regarding the time a temporary justice will be needed.

Only candidates with a legal background will be considered. Experience as a judge is preferred but not necessary. More information about required qualifications can be found in the application packet.

Visiting justices receive compensation equal to the compensation of a regular justice.

Apply here