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    Justice of the Peace Court 8

    Judge Lisa R. Woodard


    The citizens of Tarrant County Precinct 8 elected me to serve as their Justice of the Peace in 2010. On January 1, 2011, I was sworn in as the first African American female JP in Tarrant County. I took an oath that I would to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this state, so help me God. That is an oath that I took to heart.

    Customer service is very important to me. If you visit my office and did not receive excellent service by my staff, please do not hesitate to contact my Court Manager, Mrs. Jackie Sargent at 817-531-5626.

     Dr. Martin Luther King wrote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Justice will always be served in my courtroom. I serve with honor, dignity, compassion and respect. Every citizen who comes into my courtroom has a voice.

    Every morning as I take the bench I ask God for three things: the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and the boldness of David.

    I appreciate the opportunity to serve you!!!


    Judge Lisa R. Woodard

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    Poly Subcourthouse

    3500 Miller Avenue

    Fort Worth, Texas 76119

    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    All filings and payments must be received at least 30 minutes prior to close of business.


    Effective September 1, 2015, the offense of Failure to Attend School is repealed along with the designation of truancy as Conduct Indicating a Need for Supervision. Following these changes, Chapter 65 of the Family Code is created, which identifies the procedures and rules for handling truant conduct as a civil procedure in a truancy court.

    All offenses for Failure to Attent School prior to September 1, 2015, are to be expunged under section 45.0541 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The court in which the individual was convicted or a complaint for a truancy offense was filed shall order the conviction, complaints, verdicts, sentences and other documents relating to the offense -- including any documents in the possession of a school district or law enforcement agency -- to be expunged from the individual's record.

    Effective September 1, 2015, truancy court procedures and proceedings in cases involving allegations of truant conduct are provided in Chapter 65 of the Family Code. Other areas of law associated with truant conduct have seen amended or repealed: Code of Criminal Procedure, Family Code, Education Code, Government Code, Penal Code, and Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.



    New rules apply to ALL civil suits in the Justice of the Peace Courts

    An action taken in a case pending
    prior to September 1, 2013, is treated as valid.

    Where citation or other process was issued or served prior to September 1, 2013, in compliance with any previously applicable procedure, the party served has the time provided for under the previously applicable procedure to answer or otherwise respond.

    For the full version of the new rules please visit


    To view the Texas Rules of Evidence, please visit