This article originally appeared in the Progress Times issue dated Friday, March 22, 2019.
To better serve his community, a justice of the peace has increased his office hours, an initiative he announced when he was sworn in last January.
Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Place 2 Justice of the Peace Juan “J.J.” Peña announced that his office will be open every second Saturday of the month.
As Justice of the Peace, Peña’s office handles “fine only” offense inquests, evictions, and small claims under $10,000 from west of Taylor Road all the way to the Hidalgo County and Starr County Line.
His office is typically open on weekdays from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12 pm through 1 p.m. At his swearing-in ceremony, Peña said he was planning to hold new hours where once a week his office will be open during lunch and hold court on Saturday once a month.
“Having the office closed for lunch makes it difficult for people to come in because they have infractions they want to take care of but like everyone else, they have to work and we’re closed when they’re available,” Peña said. “I’d like my staff to hit the ground running in the new year and work as efficiently as possible to prevent a backlog of cases.”
Under the new hours, Peña’s office will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. every Tuesday.
Every second Saturday of the month, the Precinct 3 Place 2 courtroom will be open from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m.
His office is located at 730 Breyfogle Rd. in Mission.