Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Collin County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Place 2 —incumbent Mike Missildine (R) and Irvin Barrett (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
According to the Collin County website, a Justice of Peace’s “primary function is to hold civil court both justice and small claims as quickly and judiciously as possible to relieve the caseload of the higher courts. In addition to these functions the court has criminal jurisdiction of such cases as bad checks, truancy, some traffic offenses, issue peace bonds and hold hearings on the same.”
Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?
- “Court Access: Everyone in the community should have equal access to Justice and the courts. While in office, I have worked my staff and county partners to ensure our office provides the best and most accessible service possible.”
- “Growth: Case management is a critical issue to JP courts as they are the busiest courts in Texas by volume.”
- “Community Service: Most guests of the court are self-represented litigants. It is understandable that the majority of visitors to the court do not know the process to file a case and represent themselves.”
- “Education is extremally important. Reverend Barrett believes it is a great equalizer in our country. As Justice of the Peace, Reverend Barrett is responsible for handling Truancy cases from the various ISDs in Pct.3.”
- “Accessibility to the courtroom is another key point for Reverend Barrett. He believes the Justice of the Peace works for the people; not the other way around.”
- “Our environment is our community. As Justice of the Peace Reverend Irvin will handle tenant and property management disputes as well as handling small claims disputes between community members.”
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