Billy S. Ball – Judge Pct. 1

Justice of the Peace, Precinct One
Angelina County, Texas

 

Pursuant to the Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9066, Fifteenth Emergency Order Regarding The COVID-19 State of Disaster, eviction and civil filings may resume on May 19, 2020 and Writs of Possession may be executed May 26, 2020.  No in-person hearings may be held before June 1, 2020.  Please see COVID-19 Operating Plan for the Angelina County Courts and COVID-19 Operating Plan for the Angelina County JP Precinct 1.

What this means is the Courts will open to civil filings on May 19, 2020 Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm with the following requirements:

  • The building will remain locked. Press the intercom button for entry.
  • All persons entering the building will be screened for fever
  • All persons will be required to wear a mask while in the building.
  • No more than 10 people will be allowed in the lobby of the building,
  • No more than 2 people (1 person per party) in the office at a time.
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet.
  • If you are filing more than 2 petitions, you must drop them off with the Court and will be notified when to pick them up.
  • All evidence should be filed with the petition. Remember to bring a copy for the Court and the Defendant.
  • No cash will be accepted. Payment must be made by check or money order.
  • If you have any of the following symptoms, you will not be allowed to enter the facility:

Cough                                                             Sore Throat

Shortness of Breath                                      Loss of taste or smell

Chills                                                               Feeling feverish

Muscle Pain                                                    Headache

A measured temperature of 100°or more

Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Courtroom Requirements are as follows:

  • No more than 1 person per party will be allowed in the Courtroom at a time.
  • All parties will be required to wear masks in the Courtroom.
  • All persons entering the Courtroom will be screened for fever.
  • All individuals will adhere to the social distancing guidelines and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet
  • If you have any of the following symptoms, notify the Court immediately (by phone or email):

Cough                                                             Sore Throat

Shortness of Breath                                      Loss of taste or smell

Chills                                                               Feeling feverish

Muscle Pain                                                    Headache

a measured temperature of 100°or more

Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

  • ALL evidence that is to be presented in Court, by either party, that has not been previously filed shall be submitted by fax or email prior to Court
  • Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. To the extent possible, avoid being within 6 feet of individuals aged 65 or older.  Persons aged 65 or older should consider allowing a representative or attorney (as applicable by law) to appear on their behalf.

Please visit our website https://www.angelinacounty.net/jp1/ for up to date changes and requirements.


Effective September 1, 2020

The Justice of the Peace Courts have jurisdiction over criminal (Class C Misdemeanor with fine only) cases, civil cases (where the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000.00), and other areas of law.

Some of the criminal jurisdiction include:

  • Misdemeanor C offenses such as traffic, alcohol and tobacco, hunting and fishing, littering, and other fine only offenses.
  • Warrants and Capias Pro Fines

Some Magistration duties include:

  • Setting bonds and bond conditions, bond hearings, emergency protective orders (under certain circumstances), mental health assessments, etc.

Some of the civil jurisdiction include:

  • Debt Claims
  • Small Claims
  • Evictions, other landlord/tenant issues
  • Repair and Remedy
  • Writs of Possession, ReEntry, Restoration, Execution, and Retrievals, etc.

Some of the other areas of law include:

  • Administrative hearings such as handgun denial/suspension, driver license suspension hearings, dangerous dog, disposition of stolen property, occupational license, tow hearings, environmental hearings, etc.
  • Inquest
  • Truancy

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
We are open during lunch
We accept civil filings Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
We accept check or money order for civil filings.

Mailing Address:

P. O. Box 43
Lufkin, Texas 75902


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