Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4


Honorable William "Bill" E. Ragsdale

Justice Administrative Assistant: Christine Martinez

West Kerr County Courthouse Annex
510 College
Ingram, Texas 78025
Phone: 830-896-9031
Fax: 830-896-9034

Email: jp4clerk@co.kerr.tx.us

Hours of Operation:
Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed from 12-1 p.m.

Please be advised that the law prohibits a judge from communicating with you prior to trial about your pending case that you may file.

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 $20,000.

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