Justices of the Peace
Justice of the Peace Courts handle both civil and criminal cases
They have jurisdiction over civil cases as long as the amount in controversy is $15,000 or less. Therefore the amount of damages that a person may seek in the Justice of the Peace Courts must be $15,000 or less.
The Justices of the Peace also have jurisdiction over most motor vehicle violation cases and certain misdemeanors.
Some criminal cases that they handle are:
Some civil cases are:
Justice of the Peace Courts also set initial bail for cases that have to do with more serious offenses.
The Justice of the Peace Courts have divided their work-load so that some courts only handle criminal cases and some only handle civil cases. It is important to know which courts handle which matters.
Chief Magistrate, Patricia W. Griffin, is the administrative leader of the Justices of the Peace Courts.
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