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Nueces County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2

Justice of the PeaceDescription of OfficeHears traffic and other Class C misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.Hears civil cases with up to $10,000 in controversy.Hears landlord and tenant disputes.Hears truancy cases.Performs magistrate duties.Conducts inquests.Description of Qualifications:Resident of Nueces CountyTerm of office: 4 yearsTerm limit: NoSalary: $63, 598

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  • Manuel (Manny) Rangel
    (Rep)

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    Henry Santana
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

Describe your credentials and life experiences that qualify you to hold this office.

What are the three (3) most pressing issues in your precinct, and how would you address them?

The JP courts are frequently described as "The Peoples' Courts." As Justice of the Peace, how would you ensure that this role is fulfilled in your court?

What changes, if any, are needed in JP court processes to make the court more efficient and effective?

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I completed my Doctoral degree, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree and currently serve as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 2. This precinct is the largest in Nueces County where 3 of the nine Justice of the Peace serve as Judges. I have served as a Justice of the Peace for the past twenty years and presided over 60,000 criminal cases and 25,000 civil cases. I attend yearly training of 20 hour sessions, webinars, and other seminars that would keep current in all the legal changes that affect our courts.
I completed my Doctoral degree, master’s degree and bachelor’s degree and currently serve as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 2. This precinct is the largest in Nueces County where 3 of the nine Justice of the Peace serve as Judges. I have served as a Justice of the Peace for the past twenty years and presided over 60,000 criminal cases and 25,000 civil cases. I attend yearly training of 20 hour sessions, webinars, and other seminars that would keep current in all the legal changes that affect our courts.
Many of the people that come to the JP courts come with high levels of anxiety, nervousness and some degree of fear, since they are representing themselves without an attorney. It becomes apparent that a Judge should provide avenues to reduce all of these areas during court proceedings.
JP courts have embraced technology in their courts at many levels. Since technology is constantly changing, the courts need to maintain a level of excellence. Some changes to consider would be to evolve into a paperless court but still maintain an avenue to those litigants who have no access to computer technology. Continuous training of staff is also important due to constantly changing laws.