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SB 271 – Abolishing Citizen Warrants in JP Court

Sometimes a bill comes along that reveals the existence of something you find impossible to believe. Apparently, in the Justice of the Peace Court, which handles small claims and controversies where damages don’t exceed $15,000, and which handles most landlord-tenant matters and some criminal matters; warrants issued from a citizen, rather than from information sworn to by a police officer, are possible.

Similar to a Citizen’s Arrest. I don’t need to tell you the myriad of ways that process can be abused.

The Justice of the Peace Court actively discourages the acceptance of warrants from citizens, yet the statute as it currently stands may be interpreted to allow such warrants.

So Senate Bill 271 abolishes citizen warrants in the Justice of the Peace Court and creates a requirement that all warrants must issue only by information sworn to by a law-enforcement officer.

Senate Bill 271 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Gay, Ennis, Townsend
Lynn, Baumbach, Mitchell, Dukes, Smyk
Current Status: Senate Judiciary 4/28/22

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1 comment on “SB 271 – Abolishing Citizen Warrants in JP Court

  1. cassandram

    Man, this could have been useful against some landlords in my neighborhood.

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