The full Quorum Court meets on the second Monday of each month to conduct county business and review ordinances and resolutions for passage. The Quorum Court committees meet on scheduled Mondays to prepare the business for a vote by the full court.
The Quorum Court is the legislative body of county government. A member of the Quorum Court is called Justice of the Peace, or “JP,” and is elected for two-year terms. The Garland County Quorum Court is made up of 13 Justices representing each of the 13 geographic districts in Garland County. In the event of a vacancy, the Governor fills the vacancy by appointment, and the appointee serves until the next general election. The county judge is the presiding officer over the Quorum Court without a vote but with the power of veto.
Local Legislative Authority
The Quorum Court exercises local legislative authority for the affairs of the county. These include:
Authorize contracts for the county
Create, revise or abandon any elected office
Fill vacancies in elected county offices
Fix the number and compensation of county employees
The power to levy taxes and appropriate public funds for the expenses of the county