Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 – Kaufman County

Precinct 1
Justice of the Peace
Mary Bardin

South Campus 
3001 S. Washington
P.O. Box 457 
Kaufman, TX 75142 
office: 972-932-9747  fax: 972-962-2653

 

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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.

GOALS OF THE COURT

  • to constantly improve and maintain the quality and integrity of Justice provided by the Court and ensuring all persons the Justice Court will meet their needs with all the sensitivity and responsive methods possible
  • Increase the uniformity in procedures
  • Utilize the functions of technology as process for accomplishing these and any future goals.