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JP Duties


Why JP Duties Matter to You 

If you are a resident of the White Tank Justice Precinct, the White Tank Justice of the Peace hands down Civil and Criminal decisions that matter to you and to your neighbors.  Hence, you want a qualified, conservative, and fair candidate like David Osterfeld elected to the position.

It’s the Law

Your JP has exclusive jurisdiction over: (1) civil suits under $10,000 (exclusive of interest, costs, and awarded attorney fees); (2) orders of protection, injunctions against harassment, and injunctions against workplace harassment; (3) civil and criminal traffic violations that issue within the precinct; (4) landlord and tenant disputes; (5) every type of criminal misdemeanor cited into the court; (6) small claims disputes under $3,500.00; (7) issuance of search and arrest warrants; and (8) authorization to legally marry couples.

The White Tank Justice Court presides over matters arising within a precinct that includes areas within the communities of Avondale, Buckeye, Estrella Mountain, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Luke AFB, Palm Valley, Pebble Creek, Tartesso, Tonopah, Verrado & Waddell.  The thumbnail picture above shows this district, but to see it in a larger format, please just click on the photo.

Civil Jurisdiction

The White Tank Justice of the Peace resolves lawsuits that allege damages in an amount of $10,000.00 or less and which can include:

  • Consumer Complaints Against Businesses

  • Negligence Actions and Injury Cases

  • Collection Cases

  • Breach of Contract Cases

Criminal Jurisdiction

The White Tank Justice of the Peace will hear every type of criminal misdemeanor case under state law, including:

  • DUI (including Extreme DUI)

  • Bad Checks

  • Assault & Battery

  • Violations of Orders of Protection and Injunctions Against Harassment

  • Underage Drinking

Jurisdiction to Address Domestic Violence and Harassment

A very important duty of the White Tank Justice of the Peace is to hear complaints of existing or impending violence between individuals.  These include orders of protection (between those persons either related, in a relationship, or living together), injunctions against harassment (individuals who are not in a relationship but who nonetheless interact), and injunctions against workplace harassment ( when the business or employer applies for the injunction to protect the employer and their place of business include employees and patrons).

Landlord and Tenant Actions

The White Tank Justice of the Peace will hear disputes between renters and landlords concerning apartments, houses or mobile homes.  Landlords and Tenants each have different rights and obligations and when one or both parties violate those rights or obligations, the Justice of the Peace will hear the evidence each side presents and will decide whether the Arizona Landlord Tenant Act had been violated and the appropriate relief.  The Justice of the Peace must also be aware of special circumstances that can apply to the Landlord Tenant relationship and must correctly apply the law under those circumstances.

Civil & Criminal Traffic

The White Tank Justice of the Peace will hear every type of civil and criminal traffic violation, from simple speeding to commercial carrier violations.

Small Claims

The White Tank Justice of the Peace hears small claims suits that cannot exceed a set amount of $3,500.00.  Each side is entitled to present their case without the requirement that they follow the formal rules of evidence or procedure required for presenting evidence, as would otherwise be required in a civil lawsuit, and because the procedures are simplified, lawyers are generally not allowed to appear in these cases.  Once the judge or a hearing officer makes a decision after hearing all the evidence that the parties themselves present, the decision is final and cannot be appealed.

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