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Grant Co Justice of the Peace

Justices of the Peace are elected by the voters in their respective counties for six year terms and are non-partisan. Justice Courts have jurisdiction over traffic tickets, fish and game tickets, landlord tenant cases, small claims cases, and, in some counties, have criminal jurisdiction for misdemeanor crimes. Justice Courts were established in Oregon when Oregon was a territory, with the first Justice of the Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen and registered voter; resident of the precinct or of an adjoining precinct in the same county; 18 or older. If not a member of the state bar, must take 30 hours of continuing education every two calendar years. When vacant, Governor appoints qualified person to serve until successor is elected at next regular election.Term: 6 years Salary: Varies by County When Oregon became a state in 1859, Justice Courts continued in every county. In the second half of the twentieth century, Justice Courts declined, but the Circuit Courts were not able to handle the volume of cases as quickly as Justice Courts. Now, the number of Justice Courts are growing, as counties are realizing that Justice Courts are able to serve the needs of citizens for speedy and responsible justice and adjudication of disputes. Justice Courts are an integral part of county government. Justice Courts in Oregon serve twenty one Oregon counties with 32 Justices of the Peace in 41 courts.Please contact County Clerk for updates.Source: Oregon Secretary of State and the Oregon Justice of the Peace Association (ojpa.org) http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/204.016 Riv.

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  • Harold Preston

  • Kathy Stinnett

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