Responsibilities & Services

The duties of the Justice of the Peace include the following:

  • Criminal Cases: Felony and Gross Misdemeanor Cases - (First appearance through the preliminary hearing only)
  • Misdemeanor Cases
  • Traffic Citations
  • Civil Actions: Most civil actions where the amount of damages in controversy does not exceed $15,000
  • Small Claims: Plaintiff is requesting a monetary award not to exceed $10,000
  • Landlord / Tenant Disputes: Non-payment of rent, for cause, and no cause summary eviction actions
  • Orders for Protection: Order for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Stalking and/or Harassment, Protection of Children, and Protection in the Workplace.
The Justice of the Peace also performs weddings.