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Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 
Judge Cindy Allen

803 Pine Street, Bastrop, Texas 78602 | Mailing Address: P.O. Box 336, Bastrop, Texas 78602
Phone: (512) 581-4258 | Fax: (512) 581-4254

 Vulnerable citizens to COVID-19 are encouraged to handle matters through email, mail and phone.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.  

 

 

To email a clerk, click on a name below:

Please be advised that sometimes our email responses back to you may go to your SPAM or JUNK email.  If you choose to email a clerk below, and do not see a response from us in 1-2 business days, then check your SPAM or JUNK email periodically.  If you still do not see a response, then feel free to call our Court directly to follow up.

Josie Rodriguez
Court Administrator

Naomi Gonzales
Senior Court Clerk

 

Our clerks are NOT able to provide legal advice.  If you need assistance with a matter other than general form questions, etc, then call Legal Aid at 512-374-2700, use the Legal Resource files on the Legal Resources tab to the left under Quicklinks OR visit www.texascourthelp.gov

 

Normal Hours of Operation


Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

English Speaker available during normal business hours

Spanish Speaker available Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Para Español llame Lunes a Viernes  8:00 am - 3:00 p.m.

 

If you are looking to download and print a Civil/Criminal Indigent Packet to submit to the Court (for filing fees, appeal fees, fine/court costs, payment request, etc), then please access the document under FORMS on the left side under QuickLinks.  If you are turning this into the Court in person, DO NOT SIGN until you are in front of the Clerk; the Clerk will then sign.  If you are mailing it to the Court, the documents WILL NEED to be notarized.

 

Jury Summons Recipient: Please be advised

The status of upcoming Civil Jury Trial Dates/Times will be available on our phone Option 1 the Friday before the date listed on your Jury Summons.   To check this status on whether the Jury Trial is still scheduled or has been cancelled, call our main office line of 512-581-4258 and then press Option 1.  You can also see the status here on this page on our website or posted on the main doors of the building.  The status will be available the Friday before the scheduled date listed on your Jury Summons.

 

Effective 06/14/2021, our office will not be accepting payments at the window after 4:00 PM due to new office hours.  If you drop off a payment after 4:00 PM using our Drop Box outside of our door on the 3rd floor, then be sure to write on the envelope, your name, date of birth, and what the payment is for. We will process your payment the following business day.  Our clerks will mail you a receipt to the Last Known Address on file if this occurs.  The drop box outside of our door is available from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm while the Courthouse building is open; when our office is closed.

For any unexpected closures and/or cancellations of scheduled/dockets Criminal and Civil cases, please call our main line at 512-581-4258 and Press option 1 if you will not have access to the internet to see our website.

 Click here for a list of County Holidays

** Please be advised if you are emailing a clerk for Bastrop county Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, their response may be sent to your SPAM or JUNK email. Check those folders in  your email periodically. **

Section 19 of Article 5 of the Texas Constitution provides that: justice of the peace courts have original jurisdiction in criminal matters of misdemeanor 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 the functions of a magistrate and conducts inquests.
A justice of the peace may issue warrants for search and arrest, conduct preliminary hearings, administers oaths, perform marriages and serve as a coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner. The justice court also functions as a small claims court in civil matters in which exclusive jurisdiction is not in district or county court and the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000. They can also deal with matters concerning foreclosure of mortgages and enforcement of liens on personal property.