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Justice of the Peace Precinct 1

Honorable Judge
Gary Thomas

As a native of Anderson County it is a privilege to have served you since 1969. I started my career at the Palestine Police Department in December 1969 as a dispatcher and working up thru the ranks to Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division. I was elected Sheriff of Anderson County and took office in January 1985 and served thru December 1992. I served as Chief Investigator for Doug Lowe, Anderson County Criminal District Attorney from January 1999 thru October 2004 and then became the Anderson County Emergency Management Coordinator until I was elected your Justice of the Peace in Precinct #1. If you have any questions about the Justice of the Peace office in Precinct #1 please feel free to contact me at 903-764-5661 or by e-mail.

The Justice Court is sometime called the Peoples Court because we are the most used court by the people because of our wide jurisdiction of what we handle. My goal is to assure that everyone get fair treatment and access the Justice Court system in Precinct #1.

As the Texas Legislature raises the limits on Civil cases, changes the law and requirements on Class “C” cases, and changes the Juvenile and School cases it is a growing responsibility to keep the Court updated in order to administer fair and equal justice to all, and work with all agencies to be sure it will be fair and equal to all in their dealings in this office.

Comments  may be sent to:

JP Pct # 1, Gary Thomas 
P.O. Box 348 
Elkhart, Texas 75839
Phone (903) 764-5661 
Fax    (903) 764-0035

Office Hours: 8am - 5pm

Physical Address: 
120 Watkins St. 
Elkhart, Texas 75839

Administrative Assistant:

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