What are the Fees Charged by the Justice Court?
Download the Fee Schedule here.
Can the Justice Court Help???
The Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits a Judge or court staff from “practicing
law” (giving legal advice). The Code further prohibits the Justice of the Peace
from engaging in communications concerning the merits of a pending judicial
proceeding, or the merits of an impending claim or dispute. The following
information is intended to be basic, procedural and informational, and is not
offered as legal advice. The information is not exhaustive. There may be other
remedies and procedures not listed below. You should seek professional,
licensed, legal counsel for advice.
The Court and its staff are strictly prohibited from giving legal advice and can
only assist on procedural questions.
What about criminal cases?
Justice Courts have jurisdiction of:
Class C misdemeanors (punishable by fines only up to $500)
Criminal cases punishable by fine only, or a fine and a sanction not consisting
of confinement or imprisonment that is rehabilitative or remedial in nature.
How are criminal cases filed?
Most frequently, cases are filed by law enforcement agencies, such as the
Sheriff, the police department, the Department of Public Safety, Parks &
Wildlife, and others.
Again, it is not required that you be represented by
legal counsel, but the State of Texas will be represented by the office of the
Wise County Attorney, and you are certainly free to hire a lawyer to represent
you in Court. But if you cannot afford an attorney, no lawyer will be appointed
for you, because the offenses within the Justice Court’s jurisdiction are
punishable by fine only, (and not by imprisonment).