Support Matt Hayes for Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace
The office of Justice of the Peace is established by the Texas Constitution to preside over the Justice Court.
It's not quite like the days of Judge Roy Bean, the Law West of the Pecos! Today, a JP is a Judge who presides over one of the busiest courts. There are 8 JPs in Tarrant Count, each elected by their section of the county.
In some counties, the JP also serves as the coroner (determines how someone died and issues death certificates), reads rights to prisoners and sets bonds at the county jail. Tarrant County has a medical examiner for handling deaths and magistrates who deal with prisoners.
When Matt was JP, the court handled about 11,000 cases a year and was also the busiest truancy court in the State of Texas.