Justices of the Peace

Elected Officials

Justices of the Peace Precinct Map

Precinct 1 - John Guinn 210 South 1st St.
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522 254-547-5993 254-547-6007
Precinct 2 - Bill Price 210 South 1st St.
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522 254-547-6517 254-547-6007
Precinct 3  - Beverly Jones 508 East Leon Street
Gatesville, Texas 76528
  254-865-2912 254-865-2978
Precinct 4  - Coy Latham 508 East Leon Street
Gatesville, Texas 76528
  254-865-5913 254-865-2978


8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.  These offices observe County Approved Holidays and are closed for lunch from 12 - 1 p.m.


Clerk to the Justices of the Peace Pct 1 & 2
Tonya Sheldon, Phone 254-547-5993

Clerk to the Justices of the Peace Pct 3 & 4
Laura & Cindy, Phone 254-865-2912 & 254-865-5913


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 the 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 $10,000. They also deal with matters concerning evictions.

  • Death Certificates
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Evictions
  • Hot Checks
  • Truancy
  • Civil and Small Claims