Applicable Procedural and Substantive Law


Applicable Procedural and Substantive Law

Training in applicable procedural and substantive law should include, but should not be limited to:

  • The structure of the Texas judicial system and the jurisdiction of the municipal court;
  • The basic elements of the criminal justice system, the juvenile justice system, their differences, and their interactions;
  • The role of the judge and the prosecutor;
  • The rights of defendants;
  • The elements and statutory foundations of fine-only misdemeanors often committed by juveniles;
  • Procedures for summonsing juveniles and their parents/guardians into court;
  • Sanctions available to the court to address and remedy offenses committed by juveniles, including mandatory sanctions required for commission of certain alcoholic beverage and tobacco offenses; and
  • Procedures involving juveniles who become adults and who have unadjudicated cases or who have not complied with court orders.