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 in-person 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 FY18 open!

Regional Judges Seminars

For all attorney judges and non-attorney judges who have previously completed the new judges conference, the regional judges conference offers 16 hours of education designed to address a broad range of issues which are applicable to courts of all sizes.

The regional seminars schedule is typically as follows, some exceptions may apply:
Day 1: 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Special Session 4-hr Credit)
Day 2: 8:00 - 5:00 (Mandatory Class 8-hr Credit)
Day 3: 8:00 - 12:00 (Class 4-hrs Credit)

The registration fee is $100, $50 per night private, single-occupancy room fee applies

October 25-27, 2017 
Longview
Register by: 9/25/17
For attorney and non-attorney judges Hilton Garden Inn
905 East Hawkins Pkwy.
Longview, TX
75601
903.212.2000
November 14-16, 2017
Austin
Register by: 10/14/17
For attorney and non-attorney judges Omni Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, TX
78744
512.448.2222
January 8-10, 2018
San Antonio
Register by: 12/8/17
For attorney and non-attorney judges Omni Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd.
San Antonio, TX
78230
210.691.8888
February 11-13, 2018
Houston
Register by: 1/11/18
For attorney and non-attorney judges Omni Hotel Westside
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX
77079
281.558.8338
February 18-20, 2018
Galveston
Register by: 1/28/18
For attorney and non-attorney judges San Luis Resort
5222 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX
77551
409.744.1500
March 7-9, 2018
Addison
Register by: 2/7/18
For attorney and non-attorney judges Crowne Plaza Addison
14315 Midway Rd.
Addison, TX
75001
972.980.8877
April 2-4 2018
Lubbock
Register by: 3/4/18
For attorney and non-attorney judges Overton Hotel
2322 Mac Davis Lane Zip Code: 79401
806.776.7000
May 6-8 2018
S. Padre Island
Register by: 4/6/18
For attorney judges Isla Grand Beach Resort
500 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
956.761.6511
May 8-10, 2018
S. Padre Island Register by: 4/8/18
For non-attorney judges Isla Grand Beach Resort
500 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597
956.761.6511
June 4-6, 2018
El Paso
Register by: 5/5/18
For attorney and non-attorney judges Wyndham Airport Hotel
2027 Airway Blvd
El Paso, TX
79925
915.778.4241

New Non-Attorney Judges Seminar

Designed for new non-attorney judges, these conferences are 32 to 35 hours in length and last five days. Programs start at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and conclude on Friday at noon. The Rules of Judicial Education require that all municipal judges who are not licensed by the State Bar of Texas attend 32 hours of TMCEC judicial training within one year of the date of their appointment or election. Registration for each is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is limited to new non-attorney municipal judges. Non-attorney municipal judges who have been inactive for more than two consecutive academic years are required to repeat the new judges program. Participants must be appointed to office prior to registration. The registration fee is $250.

December 11-15, 2017
Omni Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, Texas 78744
512.448.2222
Register by: November 11, 2017
July 16-20, 2018
Omni Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, Texas 78744
512.448.2222
Register by: June 16, 201

Traffic Safety Conference

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

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.

March 26-28, 2018 (M-T-W)
Omni Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78230
210.699.5829
Register by: February 27, 2018


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.