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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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Justice of Peace
Mike Smith

Terrell Sub Courthouse
408 E. College, Terrell, TX


The Justice of the Peace is the legal jurisdiction closest to the average citizen.

As the place where Justice Starts, it is the missions of the Justice of the Peace to serve the people by efficient and accessible administration of Justice for all, and to treat all persons with integrity, fairness and respect. It is the duty of Justice of the Peace, to act in a neutral capacity to serve all citizens, law enforcement agencies, merchants, school districts, and various other county and state regulatory agencies whom file either civil or criminal actions.

Life long resident of Kaufman County, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 10 year law enforcement career, Served as Disaster and Safety Coordinator with American Red Cross, Member of Terrell Kiwanis Club, Past Board Member of Terrell Kiwanis Club, Member and Current Secretary with Kaufman County Republican Men’s Group, Member of Terrell Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for Kaufman County Senior Citizens Group, Judge Advocate for Terrell Marine Corps League, Member of Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association, Member of Texas Justice Court Judges Association, Member of Kaufman County Child Fatality Review Board, Selected to Presidential Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers in 2009.

Goals:  My main goal while in office is to make sure that each citizen in Kaufman County that I come in contact with through the court system is given a fair ruling and that the decision I made was one with integrity, honesty, and in the best interest of Justice.  I realize that the decisions I make on a daily basis will greatly affect the persons involved. Therefore, the objective is to make the best decision possible so that each person leaving court will know that they were given a decision that was well thought out and that they were treated fairly and with the up most respect.  Public Service is all about helping people and that is the most rewarding and important part of my job.





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