Mission Statement of the Municipal Court
Our mission is to provide an impartial, unbiased, fair and respectful forum or the trials of all Class C misdemeanor Penal Code offenses, Health and Safety Code offenses, Alcoholic Beverage Code offenses, City Ordinance offenses, as well as to preside over administrative and civil proceedings, as authorized by state law. The Judge is appointed by the City Council and is sworn in to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the united States and of the State of Texas, and to uphold the laws of the State of Texas. Besides presiding over criminal and civil proceedings in our municipal court Judge also serves as a State Magistrate with the same powers and duties as County Court and District Court judges to administer Search Warrants, Arrest Warrants, and to set Bail and Bail Conditions on persons charged with criminal offenses, raging from Class C misdemeanors (traffic violations, public intoxication, etc.) up to Capital Offenses (such as murder of a police officer or murder of a child). As a State Magistrate a Judge is also empowered to issue Magistrate's Orders of Emergency Protection (protective orders) to help protect victims of domestic violence and at times may be called on to issue emergency Mental Commitment Orders for persons in a mental health crisis that pose a danger to themselves or others.
Our goal is to provide neutral, courteous, and fair forum for the trial of all Class C misdemeanor offenses arising under Texas civil and criminal statutes and city ordinances. The judges of this Court are appointed by the City Council of the City of Johnson City to preserve, protect, and defend the United States Constitution and the laws of Texas.
The three separate but equal branches of government are:
- Executive Branch (City Administrator and all departments)
- Legislative Branch (City Council)
- Judicial Branch (Municipal Court)
The Municipal Court and its officers represent the Judicial Branch of the City of Johnson City government. This Court and its officers are dedicated to the principles of impartiality, fairness, integrity, separation of powers, and judicial independence.
These are the principles upon which our country was founded and to which the Court is committed in its role as the Judicial Branch of this local government.