This category includes all class C misdemeanor
violations of the traffic laws of Texas and other
violations of laws relating to the operation or
ownership of a motor vehicle (for example, Speeding,
Stop Sign, Red Light, Inspection Sticker, Driver's
License, Registration, etc.). Maximum punishment is
by fine only, not to exceed $500.
This category includes all suits for the recovery
of money (damages or debt up to $5,000) brought to
the justice of the peace as judge of the Small Claims
Court in accordance with Texas Government Code
This category includes all suits for forcible entry
and detainer (recovery of possession of premises)
brought under authority of Texas Government Code,
Section 27.031, Texas Property Code, Section
24.001-24.008, and Texas Rules of Civil Procedure
Other Civil Suits
This category includes all other suits within the civil jurisdiction of the justice of the peace court, including those for recovery of money (damages or debt up to $5,000) and for foreclosure of mortgages and of liens upon or for possession of personal property in cases in which the amount in controversy is otherwise within the justice court's jurisdiction in accordance with Texas Government Code, Section 27.031.
Perhaps more caution should be used in drawing general conclusions from court statistics than from statistics on other subjects. The included data do not attempt to portray everything courts or judges do, or how much time is spent on court-related activities not represented by these court statistics.
Particularly the county court judges, justices of the peace, and municipal court judges spend a large amount of time counseling with the people inn their communities, and as a result of this counseling, many cases are not filed. In addition, as a result of their official position, many of these judges have non-judicial responsibilities in the community which are not reflected in these statistics.
It is important to note that reported totals for justice of the peace courts do not reflect 100% of the activity of those courts, because all courts did not submit reports on the activity of their courts to this office.