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Clay County Justice Court

Judge Lanny R. Evans, MBA
Justice of the Peace
214 N. Main Street
Henrietta, Texas 76365
Phone: (940) 538-6531

Court Staff

Cindy Davis - Chief Clerk

Janey King - Deputy Clerk

Mary Cerda - Deputy Clerk

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday - 8:00 AM until noon

                                                                    1:00 PM until 5:00 PM


Exceptions: - circumstances noted below (if any)

Official County holidays - closed

The Court will be closed Friday, JUNE 6th, 2024 for a work day. If your citation is due that day, it will extend to the following Monday.

What Court do I need to contact?

If your citation states you need to contact the Justice of the Peace in Clay County, Texas, this is the right court. If the citation says contact the Municipal Court of Henrietta, Texas, please call our office at 940.538.6531 for information.


Justice of the Peace courts have original jurisdiction in Class C misdemeanor criminal cases and offenses punishable by fine only.


A Justice of the Peace may issue search or arrest warrants and may serve as the coroner in counties where there is no provision for a medical examiner.


The Court also function as small claims courts and has jurisdiction over civil matters up to $20,000 in Clay County, Texas. 


A person cannot talk to a Judge about a case pending before the Court without all sides being present. That is called an ex parte communication and is prohibited.


“A Judge shall not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte or other communications made to the Judge outside the presence of the parties…concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding. A Judge shall require compliance with this subsection by court personnel subject to his or her direction and control… Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 3, Section B.(8)


The mission of this Court and its personnel is to provide effective and impartial administration of justice, as prescribed by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Code of Judicial Conduct, with exceptional customer service while building public trust and confidence. 



Integrity: Integrity is honesty, trustworthiness, ethical behavior and striving to do the right thing. Integrity is the foundation of all other core values.

Customer Service: We work to deliver the highest quality services to our residents, customers, and visitors. We strive to understand the needs of citizens and treat everyone fairly and with respect.

Fiscal Responsibility: We are entrusted to use County resources efficiently and transparently. We are committed to our taxpayers, realizing a good value for their investment. We demonstrate good stewardship of financial resources.

Operational Excellence: We strive for the efficient, effective and innovative utilization of County resources. We value meaningful and measurable results.

Forms - Traffic*

Forms - General*

Clink links below for information from the Texas Supreme Court about:

Texas Sex Offender Program

* Disclaimer: The law is constantly changing and there may be times when the information on this web site will not be current. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. This information is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject and is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.

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