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Justice of the Peace, Tarrant County Precinct No. 5

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    Sergio L. De Leon (Dem) Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5

  • Steve Thornton (Dem)

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What uniquely qualifies you for the position of Justice of the Peace? (375 characters)

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Phone (682) 224-6610
Occupation Tarrant County, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5
Education Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Texas Wesleyan University; Master's of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Texas at Arlington
Experience Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5, 2012-present; Tarrant County Constable, Pct. 5, 2001-2012
As Justice of the Peace, Pct. 5, I have the judicial experience and education along with the compassion to preside over the many Eviction, Small Claims, and Debt Claim cases that are filed in the Justice Court. Moreover, as a former Texas Peace Officer, I have years of law enforcement training which brings an added and valuable perspective as Judge.

I was already well versed with the court's judicial processes because of my prior service as Constable. As a result, I found the court was well suited to implement our community program titled the "Honorary Jurors Program". This is a collaborative effort between the court and local schools where students observe live court proceedings and learn about the judicial system.
The Justice of the Peace's job is to apply the law fairly to all parties before the court and to interpret the law using both common sense and reason. We are not courts of record. Consequently our rulings are not used to expand upon common law. We are specifically charged with applying equitable principles in arriving at decisions.
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