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COLEMAN COUNTY JUSTICE COURT

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

The Countywide Justice of the Peace for Coleman County, Texas is the lead Magistrate for the County in conducting Code of Criminal Procedures, Chapter 15.17 Hearings where defendants rights are stated and the bail amount is set for any level, misdemeanors and felonies, charges filed by law enforcement. The Judge also serves to decide and issue administrative, misdemeanor and felony warrants for: arrests and searches, blood warrants, emergency protective orders, and mental health commitment orders.  The Judge also conducts Administrative License Review (ALR) Hearings and Medical Advisory Board (MAB) Hearings for the Texas Department of Public Safety to determine license suspensions and revocations.  

The Justice of the Peace for Coleman County also serves as the Chief Medical Examiner for most deaths that occur within Coleman County.  The Judge is called out to each and every scene to personally view the deceased and take account of the factors for a Death Inquest.  It is the responsibility of the Judge to order autopsies as deemed necessary and to file death certificates with the State of Texas Registry.  

Justice Court appeals are heard by the Constitutional County Court.

The court may be able to offer alternatives to satisfying levied fines for Class C Misdemeanors. It is the responsibility of the defendant to contact the court to seek alternatives and to provide evidence of indigent status. The court offers extensions of time to pay and community service, and in extreme cases waivers of fines and costs . 

Defendants may be able to have a citation dismissed by invoking their right to take a Driver Safety Course (Defensive Driving) or the Judge may offer Deferred Adjudication. Commercial Drivers: Class B or A CDL License holders are not authorized, by law, to have a citation dismissed by a Driver Safety Course or by Deferral. 

The Coleman County Justice of the Peace does not conduct wedding ceremonies. The Santa Anna Municipal Judge does conduct wedding ceremonies.

This court does not utilize voicemail.  All correspondence must be in writing.

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