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 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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