Judges


The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center is the primary provider of specialized judicial education and training opportunities for Texas municipal judges. The staff of TMCEC is steadfastly committed to providing education and training so that municipal judges may administer justice with fairness, efficiency, and a thorough understanding of the law. 

According to the Rules of Judicial Education, all municipal judges (both attorney and non-attorney) must attend one accredited judicial education program every year. Newly appointed or elected attorney judges must attend a regional seminar within one year from appointment or election and once every academic year thereafter. To qualify as an attorney judge, you must be licensed by the State Bar of Texas. Newly appointed or elected non-attorney judges must, within one year from the date of appointment or election, complete 32 hours of continuing judicial education before attending a regional seminar the next year and once every school year thereafter.

Registration for FY17 is now open, please visit our register site to register. 
Or you can access registration forms here.

 


Understanding Poverty and Its Intersection with Criminal Justice                                      $50                               Austin

This program is a joint effort of the Texas Justice Courts Training Center and the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center with funding from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  Both justices of the peace and municipal judges will be invited to attend.  En-rollment is limited to 80 and is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The program is approved for eight (8) hours of mandatory judicial education credit and seven hours of continuing legal education credit will be requested.  For more information and a paper registration form, click here.  

The conference is November 28 - 29, 2016 and will be held at the Omni Southpark. The registration deadline is November 1, 2016.


New Judges Seminar                              $200                                     Austin

 

December 12-16, 2016
Austin

Register by: 11/11/16
July 17-21, 2017
Austin

Register by: 6/16/17

Regional Judges Seminar                                     $50                                    Regional

 

Oct. 26-28, 2016
Tyler

Register by: 9/23/16
Nov. 15-17, 2016
Austin

Register by: 10/14/16
Jan. 9-11, 2017
San Antonio

Register by: 12/9/16
Feb. 19-21, 2017
Gavelston

Register by: 1/19/17
Feb. 26-28, 2017
Houston

Register by: 1/26/17
March 8-10, 2017
 
Register by: 2/6/17

Apr. 3-5, 2017 
Wyndham Garden Inn
Amarillo

 
Register by: 3/3/17
May 7-9, 2017
(Attorney Judges)
Isla Grand Beach Resort
S. Padre Island
 
Register by: 4/7/17
May 9-11, 2017
(Non-Attorney Judges)
Isla Grand Beach Resort
S. Padre Island
 
Register by: 4/7/17
June 5-7, 2017
MCM Elegante Hotel

Odessa 

Register by: 5/5/17
   

Traffic Safety Conference $50 Austin

TMCEC offers a 12-hour Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference in cooperation with TxDOT for municipal judges, clerks, juvenile case managers, and prosecutors.

There is an pre-conference session, allowing for up to 4 more hours of credit. The conference is March 27-29, 2017 and will be at the Omni Southpark. The registration deadline is February 27, 2017.

Traffic Safety Award recipients will be recognized at the conference and receive complimentary conference registration, travel to and from the conference to include airfare or mileage that is within state guidelines, two nights at the Hotel, and most meals and refreshments. To find out how your court can be selected to receive this honor next year, contact TMCEC at 800.252.3718 or tmcec@tmcec.com.

 


Impaired Driving Symposium 

TMCEC offers an 8-hour Impaired Driving Symposium in cooperation with Texas Association of Counties, Texas Center for the Judiciary, and Texas Justice Court Training Center. The symposium is only for judges and will count for eight hours of judicial education credit as well at CLE credit.

This program brings together judges of all levels to better understand responsibilities and issues surrounding impaired driving cases.

The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort on July 24-25, 2017. The deadline to register is July 1, 2017. Email tmcec@tmcec.com for a registration form. A limited amount of travel funds are available to reimburse participants.