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Judge O'Brien, JP 2-1


The Justice of the Peace Court has now been closed to the public due to COVID-19 pandemic.  Please see below information to schedule any urgent or essential hearings (writs or "imminent threat" eviction cases). 




The health and safety of our customers and employees is our priority at this time. We are following the Dallas County mandate and to avoid further spreading of COVID-19, all court proceedings have been suspended until further notice. All cases will be reset for court sometime after 5/8/20. We will mail out new dates to all parties. The clerks and court will remain functioning, however, we encourage customers to file documents via email or fax. If you do come in person, please practice social distancing and the advised periodic handwashing prior to and during your visit.

Please contact the Chief Clerk in regards to urgent hearings such as writs, other matters requiring immediate attention, or to schedule a marriage ceremony.

Thank you for your patience & understanding,
Judge Margaret O’Brien, Justice Court 2-1



Justice of the Peace 2-1

Garland Office – 140 N. Garland Avenue, Garland, TX 75040
(214) 643-4773 Main • (214) 643-4772 Fax
Office E-mail: JP21Court@dallascounty.org
Hours of Operation: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday – Friday
Se Habla Español

Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Part V Rules of Practice in Justice Court
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Chapter 15
Texas Rules of Evidence

** PLEASE NOTE:  As of May 1st 2019 no credit/debit card payments will be processed onsite after 4pm. **

Honorable Margaret O'BrienJudge Margaret O’Brien was elected to serve in 2018. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University earning her BS in Chemistry.  She later obtained her MS in Environmental Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center.  For nearly a decade, she worked as an Industrial Hygienist for Amoco, Motorola and Texas Instruments. In 2004, she became a small business owner.  She is a licensed real estate broker, Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), and has a Graduate Certificate from Southern Methodist University in Dispute Resolution/Mediation.

Judge O’Brien was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and has lived in Texas since 1976.  She hears criminal and civil cases under $10,000 which include small claims, repair and remedy, evictions, debt claims, traffic tickets, fraudulent checks and fine-only misdemeanors. Judge O’Brien understands the struggles of everyday life and is honored to serve the people of Precinct 2 (Garland, Mesquite, Sachse, Sunnyvale, Wiley, East Dallas and part of Balch Springs).  She pledges to listen carefully, treat everyone with respect and fairness, and make sure all have access to affordable justice.