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 Stone County Quorum Court is made up of 9 Justices representing each of the 9 geographic districts in Stone 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 Preserve peace, order, and security