Nacogdoches County, Texas

Tuesday, December 07, 2021


Duties and Responsibilities

Justice of the Peace Courts have original jurisdiction in criminal matters of Misdemeanor Class C cases punishable by fine only and such other jurisdiction as may be provided by law. Original jurisdiction is the authority to accept a case at its inception, try it and pass judgment based upon the laws and facts. This is distinguished from appellate jurisdiction which is jurisdiction to review a court’s action.


The Justice of the Peace performs and conducts administrative and magistrate hearings, arraignments, bail settings, and driver’s license suspensions. The court functions and has jurisdiction where the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000, such as Small Claims, Debt Claims, and Repair and Remedy cases. The court may issue warrants for search and arrest, conduct preliminary hearings, administers oaths, perform marriages and serve as coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner. The court can also deal with matters concerning foreclosure of mortgages and enforcement of liens on personal property.

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Kerry Don Williamson

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1

Judge Kerry Williamson

9373 US Highway 259
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
Phone (936) 560-4867
Fax: (936) 560-6487
Click here to see the JP1 Website

Dorothy Tigner-thompson

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2

Judge Dorothy Tigner-Thompson

2306 Douglass Rd
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Phone (936) 560-7726
Fax: (936) 560-7892
Click here to see the JP2 Website

Le Ann Goerner

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3

Judge Le Ann Goerner
2723 Center Rd, Ste 7
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone (936) 560-7889
Fax: (936) 569-7009
Click here to see the JP3 Website

Judge Perkins

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

Judge David Perkins

4679 FM 226
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone (936) 569-9365
Fax: (936) 568-0131
Click here to see the JP4 Website