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Sunday, August 07, 2011

"Ask the Judge" Column in Sunday's La Prensa of SA, 8-7

Ask the Judge: What part of town does Precinct 2 cover?
By Judge Steve Walker

Justice of the Peace Court Pct. 2 located on Guilbeau Road and Bandera Road next to Big Lots is one of 4 precincts in Bexar County that covers over one million residents and various suburbs.

Precinct 2 alone covers 184 precincts and over 300-thousand people live within its jurisdiction. Precinct 2 also includes the cities of Grey Forrest, Helotes, Leon Valley, Balcones Heights, and a segment of Olmos Park.

Neighborhoods off Bandera Road, Culebra Road, near St. Mary’s University, the Dellview neighborhoods, Ingram Park Mall stretching to Marbach Road are just a few areas included.

Precinct 2 covers parts of City Council Districts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8. It includes 5 State Reps, State Senator (Dist. 26) Leticia van de Putte, & Congressmen Charlie Gonzales (20th) & Quico Canseco (23rd) and soon to be incorporated Congressional District 35.

To file in Precinct 2 for an eviction for example, the resident has to be within the Precinct 2 boundaries. When receiving a traffic citation the violation also has to have occurred within the boundaries. In the Small Claims Court either the defendant or the plaintiff must reside in Precinct 2. While disorderly students must have violated within the boundaries, truancy cases can be filed in any Precinct within Bexar County. All violations are determined by jurisdiction.

Those peace officers authorized to write citations such as traffic tickets & other misdemeanor offenses include: Precinct 2 Constables Deputies, Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies, DPS Officers, School District Police, (Northside, Northeast, SAISD & Edgewood) University Peace Officers, (St. Mary’s & UTSA) & the Medical Center Complex uniformed officers.

Precinct 2 is considered a North Central/Northwest area. Remember if you are charged with violating Class C Misdemeanor offenses in Pct. 2 or are a plaintiff/defendant in Small Claims, evicting a tenant or facing eviction, you will face one of two Judges depending on the day you show up for court.

Lastly as always, if you are due in court, be sure to show up to court on time. It is in everyone’s best interest.

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and a former Journalist.

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