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***NOTICE*** 

In person proceedings will gradually resume in the JP1 court.

If you have a pending court date, please be on the lookout for a hearing notice to arrive either by mail or by email, if previously requested.

Pending cases will be docketed first, followed by any new hearing requests.

 

In an effort to maximize the safety of all involved, please note the following:

 

In response to COVID-19, the court encourages you to wear a protective mask/face covering when appearing for court at this time.

If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact the court to discuss the possibility of rescheduling your hearing.

A symptom questionnaire will be provided upon arrival and the bailiff will take the temperature of every person entering the courtroom using a non-contact electronic thermometer.

The court asks that you limit attendees to ESSENTIAL PARTIES ONLY.

Your cooperation during this time is appreciated.

 
 

   Honorable Ronny McBroom 

    Email: jp1@jocotx.org

    Phone: (817) 556-6032

    Fax: (817) 556-6198

    226 Featherston St

    Cleburne, Texas 76033 

    Operating Hours:

    Monday - Thursday
      7AM – 4:30 PM

 


Welcome To Precinct 1

The justice of the peace is the legal jurisdiction closest to the average citizen.

Section 19 of Article 5 of the Texas Constitution provides that: justice of the peace courts have original jurisdiction in criminal matters of misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only and such other jurisdiction as may be provided by law. Original jurisdiction is the authority to accept a case at its inception, try it and pass judgment based upon the laws and facts. This is distinguished from appellate jurisdiction which is jurisdiction to review a court's action. The justice of the peace performs the functions of a magistrate and conducts inquests.

A justice of the peace may issue warrants for search and arrest, conduct preliminary hearings, administers oaths, perform marriages and serve as a coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner. The justice court also functions as a small claims court in civil matters in which exclusive jurisdiction is not in district or county court and the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000. They can also deal with matters concerning foreclosure of mortgages and enforcement of liens on personal property.

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