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Court Information
Duties
The justice of the peace is required to preside over a variety of hearings, including:
  • Formal Civil Suits
  • Landlord / Tenant Hearings
  • Small Claims Actions
  • Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Preliminary Examinations in Felony and Gross Misdemeanor Cases        
  • Trials for Misdemeanor Criminal Matters
  • Trials for Traffic Violations 

In addition, the judge performs marriage ceremonies and is subject to call out at all hours of the day and night to issue search and arrest warrants. The justice of the peace is also responsible for the supervision of the court staff (which is currently an office manager, four clerks, and a part-time office aide), the calendaring of all matters that must come before the court, and the administrative duties that come with running a department of Churchill County, such as budgeting and disbursing funds collected from fines and fees.

CourtCall
Justice Court now conducts telephonic non-evidentiary appearances by using CourtCall. You may obtain additional information by calling the CourtCall program administrator at (310) 342-0888 or (888) 882-6878. This should be arranged 3 days prior to the court hearing.