EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Qualification

It is important for a judge to have the proper qualifications and experience to preside over the matters in Justice of the Peace (JP) Court Precinct 3.  I am in my 28th year of practicing law and have built my solo practice with the goal of helping people with their legal matters no matter how small.  In the past 28 years I have gained experience in business disputes, construction cases, contract disputes, injury cases, landlord/tenant disputes, property issues, and over 2,000 family law matters.  These are the very types of cases JP3 decides daily.  In addition to my private practice, for the last 8 years and counting I am also a Municipal Court Judge

 

JP3, Justice Court Precinct 3, not only hears small claims, civil matters up to $20,000 in controversy, landlord/tenant issues and evictions, JP3, Justice Court Precinct 3, also presides over Class C misdemeanors.  These are criminal cases much like municipal courts.  As Municipal Court Judge, I manage dockets in excess of 100 cases at a time.

 

Throughout my 28 years of practice, I have gained practical knowledge and experience by being “in the trenches” virtually every day providing representation; and more recently as Municipal Court Judge.  This has provided invaluable experience of applying the law to “real life” situations.  I have tried cases as both an attorney and as a Judge.  Some things you just can’t learn from a book or seminar.  My extensive private practice experience as an attorney combined with my experience as a Municipal Court Judge make me uniquely qualified to serve as your next Justice of Peace Precinct 3.

Justice of the Peace

What is a Justice of the Peace?

The justice of the peace presides over the justice court in cases involving misdemeanors, small civil disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and more. They also conduct inquests and may perform marriage ceremonies.

What Does a Justice of the Peace Do in Texas?

A justice of the peace in Texas has the following duties:

  • Hears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only

  • Hears civil cases with up to $20,000 in controversy

  • Hears debt collection suits

  • Hears landlord and tenant disputes

  • Hears evictions

  • Hears truancy cases

  • Performs magistrate duties

  • Conducts inquests

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