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Judge O'Brien, JP 2-1

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FILING COURT DOCUMENTS - (Effective October 1, 2020)

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our priority to avoid further spread of COVID-19. Due to the backlog of cases, high volume of filings and new processes to conduct business, there will be some delay.

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2020, you may file documents in-person by appointment only. Please contact the court by telephone 214-643-4773 or email jp21court@dallascounty.org to schedule an appointment. We will have a drop box available on October 1, 2020, to drop off payments or filings located at the front window of our lobby. We still encourage customers to file documents via mail, email or fax. Motions and some hearings continue to be conducted by telephone or by computer conference. If you meet the criteria of vulnerable population*, you may request a teleconference or web based hearing.

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

* Vulnerable individuals are those over age 65 and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised, such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy.

 

 

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
www.judgemo.org

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 $20,000 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.