Justice court judges are not required to meet any constitutional or statutory requirements. Therefore, they can come from any background. As a result, around 90% of court judges in Texas are not non-lawyers.

What are justices of the peace and why do states use them?

Justices of the peace are judges with limited authority whose duties include keeping the peace, completing judicial actions, hearing minor criminal complaints, and punishing offenders.

They preside over the lowest state courts in the United States and handle misdemeanor and minor civil cases, are either elected or appointed. They conduct inquests, issue arrest warrants, deal with traffic violations, and officiate marriages.

Where did justices of peace originate from?

King Edward III of England founded the Justice of the Peace office in 1362. It is a crucial component of the Anglo-American law system and is credited with completing the centralization of authority in England.

One of the King’s first commands was that of Justice of the Peace to establish and uphold order as the American colonies were being established. The Americanized Justice of the Peace Court now also conducts marriages, acknowledgments, and depositions.

Immediately after Texas became a republic, the grassroots court was established. The Justice of the Peace was essential to the government because of the small population and the need for decentralized administration. According to the Republic’s Constitution from 1836, “a convenient number of Justices of the Peace” were to be chosen by eligible voters for two-year terms in each county. The office of Justice of the Peace was then reinstated as a court with judicial authority in Article Five, Section One of the State of Texas Constitution from 1876.

What court hears appeals from justices of the peace and from municipal courts?

Class A and Class B misdemeanors are the more serious minor offenses, and the Constitutional County Courts have original jurisdiction over all criminal prosecutions involving these offenses. Except in counties with established county courts at law, these courts typically have appellate authority in cases appealed before the justice of the peace and municipal courts.

Who appoints justices of the peace in Wyoming?

Candidates for judicial openings on the Supreme Court, district courts, and circuit courts are taken into consideration by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The governor, who appoints the justice or judge, receives three names from the commission for each vacancy. The commission is made up of seven people. The chairman is the chief justice (or a different justice that the chief justice appoints). 

The Wyoming State Bar elects three more members, all of whom are required to be licensed attorneys in the territory. The governor appointed the remaining three members, who are not attorneys. Members of the commission have four-year mandates and are not eligible for reelection.

Where are the justices of the peace in Caddo Parish?

There are nine Ward Districts that make up the Parish of Caddo. The only Ward District that is not handled by an elected Caddo Parish Justice of the Peace is Ward 4, which is located inside the boundaries of the City of Shreveport and is overseen by the office of the City Marshall. This table from the Caddo Parish Clerk of Court shows where the nine wards are located, along with their respective justices of the peace.

Ward Location Name
1

Northeast Caddo Parish
Belcher/Gilliam Area

Barbara Douget
2

Northwest Caddo Parish
Oil City/Vivian Area

Ruth W. Johnston
3

West Central Caddo Parish
Blanchard/Mooringsport Area

Carl W. “Pete” Copes
4 City Marshall’s Office
5

West Central Caddo Parish
Greenwood Area

Terri McConnell
6

Southwest Caddo Parish
Bethany/Keithville Area

Glenda E. Britton
7

South Central Caddo Parish
Summer Grove/Keithville area

Susan Waddell
8 Southeast Caddo Parish Chris Kay
9

North Caddo Parish
Rodessa/Ida Area

Katoya Janelle Rainey

How many total justices of the peace did John Adams appoint on the last day of his presidency?

John Adams had to appoint numerous other officers, including justices of the peace, in addition to three more judges after Congress eventually passed legislation on February 24 creating a government for the Federal City. As a result, 25 of the original 42 justices of the peace in Washington were reappointed by Adams (after Congress reduced the total to 30).