Judge Brad Cummings announces his intention to seek the Republican nomination for re-election as Hopkins County Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. Two.
Judge Cummings has served the citizens of Hopkins County for thirteen years. The last six and a half years he has served as your current Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. Two; which includes county precinct numbers three and four.
Since taking office Judge Cummings and his staff have disposed over 14,000 criminal cases and over 2,000 civil cases. Judge Cummings has conducted 350 inquests, and has presided over 8,800 magistrate hearings.
Judge Cummings was elected in 2014; taking office January 01, 2015, after the retirement of long time Justice of the Peace, Judge Ronny Glossup. As of 2019, Judge Cummings has been on staff with the Texas Justice Court Training Center, as an instructor. This prestigious honor comprises of training newly elected judges, and instructing incumbent judges, regarding the operations and responsibilities of Texas Justice Courts. Judge Cummings has also served, as recommended by the Texas Justice Court Training Center, as a mentor judge for the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Judge Cummings has collaborated with Sheriff Lewis Tatum and Hopkins County Jail Administrator Kenneth Dean in implementing the I.N.M.A.T.E. (Increasing Natural Motivation After Tabescent Expressions) program for at-risk youth, in attempts to curb behavioral concerns and reduce recidivism.
“President George H.W. Bush said, “No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.” I truly appreciate the confidence and encouragement that the citizens of our blessed county have in me. The service that my staff and I are graciously entrusted to provide is not something that is taken lightly, I assure you. I would appreciate your support for re-election, and the opportunity to continue my service to you.”
The Justice Courts have original jurisdiction involving fine-only, class C, misdemeanor offenses. JP courts hear disputes regarding evictions, truancy cases, and civil lawsuits involving controversies up to $20,000. Justices of the Peace preside over various hearings to include juvenile detentions, towing and property hearings, dangerous animal hearings, and driver license and handgun license suspension appeals. The JP considers applications for issuance of occupational driver licenses. Justices of the Peace perform magistrate duties at the jail, at the preliminary stages of a person’s arrest. JPs issue warrants of arrest concerning criminal actions and emergency detention warrants concerning mental health crises. The JPs in Hopkins County hold the responsibility as the coroner and conduct inquests whenever an unattended death occurs or when requested by a physician.
Contributed by Brad Cummings