Chair's Message

The Justice of the Peace Courts Section is continuing to work hard. Several board members have been instrumental in providing educational opportunities for section members. During the past year, the section had CLE luncheon presentations on 2019 legislation and the use of receiverships in justice courts and added material to the section website. The section looks forward to providing additional CLE presentations, including one on the jurisdictional increase in the justice court.

-Howard M. Bookstaff
Chair, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021


The purpose of the section shall be to further the administration of justice in the Justice of the Peace Courts, to provide a forum for the exchange of information on matters of practice and procedure in Justice of the Peace Courts, to provide information and educational opportunities for the membership, and to cooperate closely with the State Bar of Texas and other professional organizations in developing, supporting and promoting legal and professional activities affecting Justice of the Peace Courts.


Membership in this section shall be open to all licensed attorneys in good standing of the State Bar of Texas and to Justices of the Peace or former Justices of the Peace.

Justices of the Peace who are not licensed attorneys shall be associate members of the section. Associate members may not hold themselves out as being members of the State Bar or make any representation that they are licensed by the State Bar.