Frequently asked questions
Q: What area does Judge Steve Seider serve and who can vote for him?
A: Steve serves in Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 and the voters of Precinct 3 elect him. The office is Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Place 2.
Justice of the Peace Precincts are different from the Voting Precincts that most people are familiar with from their Voter Registration Card and the location where they cast ballots on Election Day;
Precinct 3 includes:
Q: Judge Steve Seider serves in Precinct 3, but the office is Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Place 2; what is “Place 2”?
A: Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 has two “Places” – both “Places” have concurrent jurisdiction over Justice of the Peace Precinct 3. The “Place” is a term that is used to designate different elected offices with concurrent jurisdiction and within the identical geographic area.
“Place” is also used to designate offices on Texas’ Courts of Appeals, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.
While all of the other courts that contain the designation “Place” occupy the same courtroom and courthouse—the Justice of the Peace “Places” do not use the same courtroom, nor are they located in the same courthouse even though the geographical area of their jurisdiction is identical.
Judge Steve Seider hears cases in the courtroom for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Place 2 - in the North Dallas Government Center located at 6820 LBJ Freeway, Suite 2100, Texas on the southwest corner of I-635 / LBJ Freeway and Hillcrest Road (the former Brinker Building).
Q: Do I vote only for the Justice of the Peace that is closest to my home? Or…do I cast a ballot for both Place 1 and Place 2?
A: You cast a ballot for each “Place” that appears on the ballot – that is, you vote for BOTH:
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2 AND
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1
Just as you cast votes for each “Place” on a Court of Appeals, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court, you vote for each “Place” for Justice of the Peace.
If the race appears on the ballot, you can and should cast a vote for the candidate you believe would best serve in that office.
Q: How can I vote to re-elect Steve Seider as our Justice of the Peace, for Precinct 3, Place 2?
A: Cast an individual vote for Steve Seider for Justice of Peace, Precinct 3, Place 2. This will be near the VERY END of the BALLOT, as the offices are listed on the ballot in order of their jurisdiction.
Q: What kind of cases are heard by a Justice of the Peace?
A: A Justice of the Peace hears many types of cases and is often seen as “The People’s Court”. The Justice of the Peace duties include hearing:
Small Claims cases – cases up to $20,000.00 in damages.
Eviction cases – residential or commercial.
Repair and Remedy cases – wherein a tenant alleges the failure of a landlord to effect repairs that materially effect the health and safety of the tenant.
Traffic cases and Class “C” misdemeanors (“fine-only” offenses) filed by agencies other than a municipal/city police agency:
College District Police
Dallas County Sheriff’s Office
DART Police and Fare Enforcement Officers
Hospital District Police
Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission Officers
Texas Game Wardens
Texas Highway Patrol
Additional matters that are handled include:
Emergency Chemical Dependence Warrants
Emergency Mental Illness Warrants
Driver’s License Suspension hearings
Occupational Driver’s License hearings
Peace Bond hearings
Writs of Attachment
Writs of Execution
Writs of Possession
Writs of Re-entry
Writs of Retrieval
Writs of Sequestration