What is a Constable?
A constable is a licensed peace officer and performs various law enforcement functions. They also serve legal documents and perform other duties.
What does a Constable Do in Texas?
A county constable in Texas has the following duties:
- Serves as a licensed peace officer and performs various law enforcement functions, including issuing traffic citations
- Serves warrants and civil papers such as subpoenas and temporary restraining orders
- Serves as bailiff for Justice of the Peace Court
For more complete information about the responsibilities of a constable and other county officials, see the "2018 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.
Constables are required to attain 40 hours of continuing education biannually, 20 hours of which must be in civil process. Per 2013 Texas Senate Bill No. 686, Texas Eighty-Third Legislature
See the full continuing education requirements and more.
Legal source: V.T.C.A., Tex. Occ. Code, Sec. 1701.3545