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Featuring both historic and contemporary issues, The Municipal Judges Book critically analyzes the nature of municipal courts and the judge’s role in the Texas criminal justice system. An ideal textbook for new judges and others interested in procedural and substantive laws impacting Texas municipal courts, the content includes (1) an introduction to municipal courts and the Texas judicial system, (2) judgments, indigence, and enforcement, (3) rights of the accused and victims, (4) contempt, (5) the adjudication of juveniles in municipal court, (6) judicial ethics, and (7) legal research. Revised 2016. $25.00

The Municipal Judges Book is available for sale as an eBook for $9.99 through several different platforms. It can be purchased from:

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Procedure Manuals & Forms

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The TMCEC Bench Book is a reference guide for Texas municipal judges serving in their capacity as trial court judges and magistrates.  It is designed for quick reference and contains scripts and easy-to-follow procedural guidelines as well as references to applicable statutes, Attorney General Opinions, and case law. 

The 2015 Bench Book incorporates updated case law, changes made by the 84th Legislature, and new checklists regarding recusal and disqualification of judges, confidentiality of juvenile records, and animal hearings.

Order copies directly from TMCEC: $25.00 each. Or download this publication by clicking here.


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The TMCEC 2015 Forms Book provides over 250 ready-to-use forms, notices, letters, warnings, and ordinances specific for use by municipal judges, court clerks, and municipal prosecutors. These forms may be modified to suit the individual needs of each court. 

The 2015 Forms Book (Eleventh Edition) contains 16 new or updated forms, reflecting changes from the 84th Legislature. New forms include a search warrant and affidavit for fire, health, and code inspections, a magistrate’s record of service of order of emergency protection, an order of waiver of surcharges for indigent defendants, a waiver of payment of fine and costs for indigent defendants and children, a defendant’s waiver of option to discharge fine or costs by performing community service, a waiver of jurisdiction and transfer to juvenile court for a child with mental illness, disability, or lack of capacity, an order dismissing a complaint for a child with mental illness, disability, or lack of capacity, and a bill of costs..

The TMCEC 2015 Forms Book was designed as a companion to the TMCEC Bench Book. Order copies directly from TMCEC: $25.00 each. Or download this publication by clicking here.



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The new Texas Truancy Court Resource Manual is a collaborative effort of the Texas Justice Court Training Center (TJCTC) and the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC) to help truancy courts (Effective September 1, 2015, justice and municipal courts are designated as truancy courts. Sec. 65.004, F.C.) address the challenge of construing and applying more than 50 new statutes in the absence of legal precedent. This manual is part bench book and part forms book with procedural checklists and 40 forms. This manual is only available as an online publication. There are no printed copies. All the material in the manual is available for download here.



The Rules of Evidence handbook was created to condense critical information for conducting a bench or jury trial. 



The Texas Class C and Fine-only Misdemeanors handbook (the "Green Book") represents a comprehensive effort to compile all Class C, fine-only criminal offenses under state law. Covering 26 codes and containing roughly 1,300 offenses, it includes statutory cites for both the offense and penalty provision(s), the fine or fine range for each offense, DPS reporting codes for those offenses that have assigned codes, and notes those offenses that are enhanceable or for which circumstances would heighten the punishment category. A new appendix contains the list of moving violations promulgated by DPS in the Texas Administrative Code. The 2015 edition also contains indices with traffic offense and Penal Code offense titles that correlate with those indices contained in the Texas Criminal and Traffic Law Manual. $10.00+ $3.95(S&H).



The Court Interpreters' Municipal Court Legal Glossary is a combination of the Spanish glossary and definitions provided by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for those studying to be licensed court interpreters. Order copies directly from TMCEC: $10.00 each+ $3.95(S&H).