Justice courts have original jurisdiction in Class C misdemeanor criminal cases punishable by fine only (no confinement). Tarrant County Justice Courts handle citations/tickets issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Game Wardens with Texas Parks and Wild Life Department, and the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department.
Responding to a citation/ticket
Your appearance date is noted on the citation/ticket. The law requires you (or your attorney) to make an appearance in your case, but there are different ways to do that. (If you choose to take advantage of one of the options below before your appearance date, your appearance in Court on the date shown on your citation will be waived or extended)
Failure to appear on the appearance date specified on the citation/ticket could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. Therefore, contact the Court immediately if you are unable to appear on the date stated on your citation/ticket. You can reach us by emailing Justice Court, Pct 1, at JP1court@tarrantcountytx.gov or calling 817-884-1395 during normal business hours.
Please see Tarrant County Class C Prose Guide for more information on the fine and court cost table.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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