On Friday October 20th, Judge Jim Burr, Justice of the Peace for Brewster County Precinct 2, announced that he will seek reelection in 2018. He is currently preparing a filing to put his name on the ballot for the Democratic Party primary to be held March 6th of 2018.
“I’m very grateful to the folks in South County for allowing me to hold this office for the last several years. I’ve done my very best to serve the people of South County with fairness and compassion while also following the law. I’m also certainly aware of some of the unique problems associated with living here.” he said. “Many residents can’t afford the state mandated fines so I’m always looking for alternative ways for people to satisfy a judgment without coming up with cash. Allowing people to correct paperwork issues with their vehicle to dismiss a ticket, doing community service, things like that.”
The duties of Texas Justices of the Peace are varied and include adjudicating all Class C misdemeanors such as traffic violations, civil suits for claims under $10,000 and setting bond after an arrest. They also rule on evictions and other landlord/tenant issues, truancy issues, various administrative hearings, and acting as a coroner.
Judge Burr has served three terms and during his tenure has overseen the modernization of the office. “When I started, everything that came before the court was handwritten in large docket books. Today it’s all computerized which has really streamlined the court and allowed filing all the reports the county and state require to be done electronically. The goal is to make this system as paperless as possible.”
He finished by saying “I take this position and the people’s trust very seriously and hope to be able to serve our community for another term.”
The Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Court is located in the South Brewster County Emergency Services building along with the Terlingua Fire/EMS and the Sheriff’s annex in Study Butte.