Justice Of Peace Members
A justice of the peace is a member of the quorum court and responsible for assisting the County Judge in levying the county taxes and making appropriations for the county's expenses. The quorum court is a part-time body, elected from single-member districts, that has overall responsibility for county affairs. Quorum courts establish the number and compensation of deputies and county employees and fill vacancies in elective county offices. JPs enact ordinances related to the county's property and its maintenance and improvements, including roads, bridges, buildings, vehicles, and other items owned by the county.
The full-time elected county administrator, who presides over the quorum court, is the county judge. Neither JPs nor the county judge have any judicial authority, though they do have the power to preside over civil marriages. Justices of the Peace are elected every two years to these partisan offices.