The Recorder

The Recorder is the periodic journal published by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center as a critical news and information source for municipal courts in Texas. A link to each issue is emailed out to every constituent member of TMCEC. Subscriptions for a paper version are available for $35.00, checks made payable to the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. Download an order form here. There are usually four issues each year.  The subscription rate for non-municipal groups or individuals is $50. In FY 13, members of the Texas Municipal Courts Association receive a paper version by U.S. Mail as a member benefit at no additional charge than the annual membership dues. For more information, go to

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February 2018
Vol. 27 No. 2


- Rethinking Traffic Safety Through Vision Zero
- Homeless Courts: Access to Justice for Indigent Defendants
- Court Security Update
- Ethics Update
- Judicial Security Division
- Mindfulness in the Court
- Personal Security Test
- Privacy Protections for Judges


December 2017

Vol. 27 No. 1

  - Case Law Update
- National Night Out
- Municipal Court Week
Recorder - 2017 Legislative
Vol. 26 No. 5
  - 2017 Legislative Update
- Charts
- 2016 Academic Schedule


April 2017
Vol. 26 No. 4


- Court Communication Is Not Just Key; It Is Constitutional
- Providing for the Fair Administration of Justice Through Education
- Procedural Fairness: Balancing Justice, Perception, and Compassion



February 2017
Vol. 26 No. 3

- Impaired Driving: Case Law Review 2017
- Community Service: Suggested Practices and Potential Problem Areas
- Service Animals and The Courts
- Ethics Update: Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct



December 2016
Vol. 26 No. 2


- Case Law Update
- Mental Health Initiative in Fort Worth
- National Night Out and Municipal Court Week
- Updated TMCEC Forms



October 2016
*Special Edition
Vol. 26 No. 1


- "Debtors' Prisons" and "Ticket Debt": The Misleading Rhetoric Revolving Around Criminal Penalties in Texas
- Comparing Courts: Texas is Not Ferguson, Missouri
- Judges Who Do Not Comply with Safeguard in Texas Laws
- Misunderstanding "Fine Only" Misdemeanors
- Distinguishing "Fines" from "Court Costs"
- Making Meaningful Use of the Fine Range
- Defining Indigence
- An Incomplete Picture: State Data and Indigence
- In the Shadow of Bearden
- "Safe Harbor" Policies
- In Light of Tate: What "Alternative Means" Means
- Setting the Record Straight: Class C Misdemeanors, the Right to Counsel, and Commitment to Jail



August 2016
Vol. 25 No. 4


- FY17 Academic Schedule and Registration
- Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Distinguishes Drugged Driving Case from McNeely



April 2016
Vol. 25 No. 3


- Insurance Support Organizations: Are Deferred Traffic Cases Coming Back to Haunt Defendants?
- Standing in the Corner: The Shifting Role of Magistrates in the Age of E-Warrants
- DOJ: Department Announces Resources to Assist State & Local Reform of Fine & Fee Practices
- The Evolution of Marriage & the Important Role of Judges & Other Public Officials in Civil Marriage Ceremonies
- Judicial and Courthouse Security Survey Results Overview
- Shared Solutions: Fines, Costs & Fees



January 2016
Vol. 25 No. 2 

- Guns and New Legislation
- Motion For Rehearing in Villarreal Improvidently Granted
- Judicial Donation Trust Funds: A Statutory Violation of the Canons of Judicial Conduct
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct
- 2016 Great Texas Warrant Roundup
- Drug Trend Alert: Marijuana Wax, Oil, or Concentrates

November 2015
Vol. 25 No. 1 
  - Case Law Update
- 2015 Judge and Clerk of the Year
- National Night Out
- Municipal Court Week


August 2015
Vol. 24 No. 5
  - 2015 Legislative Update
- Charts
- 2016 Academic Schedule
August 2015   - Legislative Update in Bill Order
July 2015
Vol. 24, No. 4
  - The 2015 Truancy Reform Bill - HB 2398
- Bills with Early Effective Dates
- Changes to OCA Monthly Reports
- Truancy Court Procedures Flow Chart and Accompanying Commentary
- TMCEC Traffic Safety Grants Help Make Texas Roads Safer
- Impaired Driving Legislative Update


May 2015
Vol. 24, No. 3

- Vehicle Registration and Inspection: One Sticker to Confuse Them All?
- Bail: Fixing, Taking, and the Limits on Law Enforcement Involvement
- Five Latin Words that Shouldn't Faze You
- Accessing Your Community's Youth Through DRSR
- Are You an Aggressive Driver? Take the Test



February 2015
Vol. 24, No. 2


- Blinded by the Light: The Enforcement of Outdoor Municipal Lighting Ordinances in Texas
- The Fair Defense Act
- Transportation Network Companies: Litigation, Livelihood, and Local Regulations
- New Municipal Judges Continue to be Supported by TMCEC Mentor Program
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct



November 2014
Vol. 24, No. 1


- Licensed Court Interpreters: A Guide to Recent Changes in the Law
- Marijuana's Hazy Contribution to Highway Deaths
- Burleson Municipal Court's "Teen S.W.A.G. Affair"
- Case Law Update
- Clerk Certification Update
- Mandatory IDEA Training
- TMCA Awards



August 2014
Vol. 23, No. 4


- Finding Balance: Crime Control and Due Process in Texas Public Schools and in Misdemeanor Courts
- Five is the Loneliest Number in Texas Municipal Court Juries
- How Graduated Drivers License Programs are Making Our Roads Safer
- Introducing Full Court Press
- Judge Goldstein Honored by SBOT MJ Section
- OCA Webinar on Monthly Reports
- Summer Webinar Series 2014
- Teen Courts Offer Alternative for Minor Defendants
- Texas Court Remote Interpreters Service



April 2014
Vol. 23, No. 3


- The Texas Privacy Act: Drones
- Self-represented Defendants
- More Shades of Grey
- 2014 MTSI Awards
- Practical Suggestions for Visiting Speakers
- DRSR Lending Library
- Driving with Pets


January 2014
Vol. 23, No. 2


- The Michael Morton Act
- E-cigarettes
- Making Sense of GA-1035
- Municipal Court Week
- Designer Drugs
- National Night Out
- Judicial Conduct

November 2013
Vol. 23, No. 1 

- Case Law Update
- 2013 Judge and Clerk of the Year
- 2014 One-Day Clinic Series
- 2014 Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Award 

September 2013
Vol. 22, No. 5 
  - Talking with Kids
- Guest Speakers in the Classroom 
August 2013
Vol. 22, No. 4
  - 2013 Legislative Update
May 2013
Vol. 22, No. 3
  - When the Acts of a Judge May Be Void: A Look at the Constitutional Oath Requirement in Light of Section 29.005 of the Texas Government Code
- Shades of Grey: Sometimes the Letter of the Law Exists Somewhere Between Black and White
- 2013 Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Award Winners
- OmniBase Services of Texas: No Show. No Pay. No Problem?
- Emphasizing the Consequences of Drinking and Driving in Your Community with Shattered Dreams
- Reaching Out to Your Community with Driving on the Right Side of the Road
- The Clerks are Marching On: Professional Development for Court Personnel
March 2013
Vol. 22, No. 2

- Costs Payable? Johnson v. State and its Implications on Local Trial Courts of Limited Jurisdiction in Texas
- Should Cities Embrace or Scoff at the Texas Scofflaw Program?
- Celebrating Texas Municipal Courts with a Week of Festivities
- Program Progress: The Municipal Court Clerks Certification Program
- Court-Ordered Waiver of Surcharges for Indigent Defendants
- Ethics Update
- Traffic Safety: News You Can Use

December 2012
Vol. 22, No. 1
  - Case Law & Attorney General Opinion Update, Academic Year 2013
- Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Free Legal Services in the Courtroom and the Classroom
- Lifesavers Conference: National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities
- Changes at TMCEC
- 2013 Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Awards
August 2012
Vol. 21, No. 4

- Social Media:The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
- A Prosecutor's Perspective: Contending with Obstruction Advocacy
- New Judicial Education Requirements
- Statute of Limitations
- “Passing the Paddle” Part II: The Emergence of Local Trial Courts in the Texas Juvenile Justice System and the Challenges of the Judiciary Moving Forward
- An Update on the Criminal and Civil Sides of Animal Cruelty

June 2012
Vol. 21, No. 3
  - Civil Jurisdiction in Municipal Court: Evolving or Mutating?
- A Statutory Look at Driver’s License Suspensions for Certain Drug Offenses
- Q&A: Substandard Building Abatement After City of Dallas v. Stewart
- Rounding the Corners: Criminal Application of the Four-Corners Rule
- “Passing the Paddle” Part I: The Emergence of Local Trial Courts in the Texas Juvenile Justice System and the Criminalization of Misconduct by Children
March 2012
Vol. 21, No. 2
  - Juvenile Case Managers in Texas
- Information Sharing on Juvenile Justice Data
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct
- Excerpts from the Annual Report for the Texas Judiciary (2011)
- Edited Form: Bail Conditions Where Child is Alleged Victim
December 2011
Vol. 21, No. 1

- Case Law & Attorney General Opinion Update, Academic Year 2012
- The State of License Plate Laws in Texas
- More Laws Passed by the 82nd Legislature
- Changes in Licensed Court Interpreter Law
- Making a Difference: Irving Municipal Court

Legislative Update 2011
Vol. 20, No. 5 

 - Legislative Update 2011 with full-text bill summaries

July 2011
Vol. 20, No. 4

- Civil Court Enforcement of Property Ordinance Cases
- Texting While Driving-Mobile Devices---the law in Texas R_U_n_idiot?
- TMCA Judge & Clerk of the Year
- A Preview of Legislation from the 82nd Session
- Municipal Court Use of Quick Response (QR) Codes
- Making A Difference: Judge Gary L. Ellsworth
- Aging Baby Boomers and At-Risk Driving

May 2011
Vol. 20, No. 3

- Chasing Our Tails: Problems in the Laws Regarding Dangerous Dogs
- Internet Research and Communication by Jurors
- Amnesty & Warrant Round Up Programs
- FAQ on OCA Reporting
- Jury Instruction
- MTSI Award Winners

January 2011
Vol. 20, No. 2

- K2: What's the Buzz About?
- The Criminal and Civil Side of Animal Cruelty
- Ethics Opinion 599
- Examples of Judicial Misconduct
- Excerpts from the Annual Judicial Report on the Texas Judicial System (2010)
- Guidelines for 800-Line Calls


December 2010
Vol. 20, No. 1


-Case Law & Attorney General Opinion Update, Academic Year 2011
-Clerk Certification Update


September 2010
Vol. 19, No. 5


-Judges in the Classroom
-Celebrate Municipal Courts Week November 1 - November 5, 2010
-Danger Behind the Wheel: The Facts About Distracted Driving


August 2010
Vol. 19, No. 4


-Jail House Pleas: Is Rothgery a Tap on the Shoulder or a "Fly in the Ointment" of Local Trial Court Expediency
-Order in the Court: Finding Contempt in Municipal Court
-What Municipal Courts Should Know About the IDEA
-Driving on the Right Side of the Road Information Sheet: Cell Phones and Texting
-Teen Driving


July 2010

Vol. 19, No. 3


-Removal of Judges from Texas Cases: Distinguishing Disqualification and Recusal
-Class C Misdemeanors and the Statute of Limitations: Case Closed?
-Controlling the Taint of Criminality: Children and Orders of Nondisclosure
-To Enhance or Not to Enhance? DWLI Revisited
-Underage Drinking in Texas
-Inmate Trust Collection



March 2010
Vol. 19, No. 2


- When is a Court Order Needed to Destroy Evidence?
- Continuing the Case Law Concentration
- A Retrospective Recap of the 81st Regular Legislature
- Moving Violations and Rules of the Road Offenses: New Legislation Requires Courts to Scrutinize the Classification of Offenses
- Unrestrained Children and Unlawful Parking: Using the Code Construction Act to Decode the Confusion
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct
- Excerpts from the Annual Judicial Report on the Texas Judicial System (2009)
- Change in OCA Reporting Form


December 2009
Vol. 19, No. 1


- Case Law and Attorney General Opinion Update, Academic Year 2010
- Rollover Convincer


August 2009
Vol. 18, No. 5 


- Kids in Court
- Are We Driven to Distraction
- Judges in the Classroom
- What Do People Care About and How is This Related to Municipal Court?


Legislative Update 2009
Vol. 18, No. 4 


- Legislative Update 2009 with full-text bill summaries


May 2009
Vol. 18, No. 4


- All These Exes Live in Texas
- Retrospection and New Observations on the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct
- Judges in the Classroom
- Why Texas Needs a Booster Seat Law
- Online Alcohol Awareness Classes
- The Use of Automatic License Plate Recognition Cameras in Municipal Court Warrant Service
- Behind a Plate Glass Wall: The Importance of Protective Glass at the Clerk's Window


January 2009
Vol. 18, No. 3


- The Oversimplification of the Assistance of Counsel in the Adjudication of Class C Misdemeanors in Texas
- The ABC's of Municipal Case Law
- Proof of Lawful Status
- Learning to Talk to the "Blank Wall"
- Profile of Texas Judges


November 2008
Vol. 18, No. 2 


- Case Law & Attorney General Opinion Update, Academic Year 2009
- Policy Issues on Status Offenses
- TMCA Announces Outstanding Judge and Clerk of the Year
- To Mark or Not to Mark, Is Your Patrol Vehicle Legal?


September 2008 (electronic only)
Vol. 18, No. 1


- Traffic Safety Awards
- Driving on the Right Side of the Road
- Rules of the Road
- The Code of Judicial Conduct


August 2008
Vol. 17, No. 4 


- DWI Blood Warrants
- Reconsidering Allen: DWLIs New Impact on Municipal Courts
- Making Sense of Rothgery: What the Most Recent Decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Regarding the Sixth Amendment Means to Magistrates in Texas
- Court Management: Performance Indicators on a Shoestring
- Collection Improvement Program Update


June 2008
Vol. 17, No. 3 


- Sorting Out the Anomaly: Non-Appearance Crimes in Light of Azeez v. State
- Denying Bail in Family Violence Offenders
- Mysterious Hearing Powers: The Municipal Judge as Presiding Officer at Driver's License Suspension Hearings
- Driving on the Right Side of the Road
- Distracted Driving


May 2008
Vo. 17, No. 2 


- The Role of the Municipal Court in City Government
- City Officials, Here are Six Ways to Drive Your Municipal Judge Crazy
- Armed But Not Dangerous: Obtaining a Concealed Handgun License
- Traffic Safety Awards
- By Hook or Crook: I Maintain that Everything is Fine
- The Interpretation Hub: A Solution for Larger Courts
- Practical Suggestions for Visiting Classrooms
- Driving on the Right Side of the Road
- OCA Annual Report
- Costs of a DWI Arrest
- Impaired Driving Laws in Texas
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct


December 2007
Vol. 17, No. 1 


- Case Law And Attorney General Opinion Update, Academic Year 2008
- The Important Role of Municipal Judges in Child Passenger Safety
- TMCA Names 2007 Judge and Clerk of the Year
- 2008 Texas State Warrant Roundup
- Traffic Safety Can Go Far Beyond the Traffic Stop
- Traffic Safety Initiatives: Traffic Safety Award 


Summer 2007
Vol. 16, No. 5 


- Driving Across the Border: Mexico DLs and Financial Responsibility   
- Domestic Violence: Firearm Admonishments in Misdemeanor Convictions
- General Counsel's Column: Coming to Terms with the 80th Session
- Hate Crime Conundrum: Are They Going Unprosecuted?
- Collections Corner: OmniBase and Failure to Appear
- Celebrate Municipal Court Week: November 5-9, 2007
- No More Best Practices


Legislative Update 2007
Vol. 16, No. 4 


- Legislative Update 2007 with full-text bill summaries


May 2007
Vol. 16, No. 3 


- Legal Basis For Legislative Continuances
- Citations, Part II
- Born to be a Collector
- Clerks' Corner: Who Can Accept Payments from Defendants?
- Child Support Magistration: Do Municipal Court Judges Have Authority to Magistrate Child Support Offenders?
- General Counsel's Column: The Death of Local Courts Costs: Are the Juvenile Case Manager, Court Security, and Technology Funds in Peril?
- 75 Percent of Young Texans Affected by Dating Violence


March 2007
Vol. 16, No. 2 


- Bail Bonds for All, Reprise
- Citations - Part I
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct
- The Efficient Disposition of DWI Cases: Best Practices
- Clerks' Corner: The Winds of Change
- Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Court Interpreters
- Assessing Threats in Our Courts
- Public Safety Training and Red Light Camera Enforcement
- Costs and Benefits of Improving Traffic Safety in Your Community


December 2006
Vo. 16, No. 1 


- Case Law Update
- Statewide Warrant Roundup Planned for March 2007
- Starting a Marshal's Office
- State Bar Provides Criticism "Hotline"
- 2006 TMCA Judge and Clerk of the Year Announced
- MCLE Fees
- How to Read a Legal Citation
- Traffic Safety Tips 2006
- Truck Crash Facts & Survivors Guide
- Program Evaluations 2006


Summer 2006
Vol. 15, No. 5 


- "Buckle Up in Your Truck": Fact Sheet and Talking Points
- Clerks' Corner FAQ
- Faculty Appreciation
- Driver Responsibility Program & Moving Violation List
- Legal Advice and Legal Information: A Clerk's Dilemma
- What Are Crimes of Moral Turpitude?


August 2006
Vol. 15, No. 4 


- Contemplating Contempt Power
- The Ethics of CDL Masking
- Clerks' Corner: Use of Credit Cards, Handling Hot Checks
- Ethics Opinions 291 and 292
- Untangling the Court Technology Web
- About the 80 mph Speed Limit


July 2006
Vol. 15, No. 3 


- Should Your Municipal Court Become a Court of Record
- Certification Incentives around the State
- Municipal Court Clerks Certification Program: Improving the Local Administration of Justice
- Collection Improvement Program: "The Future of Court Collections"
- General Counsel's Column: Dismissals & Instanter Arrests
- Seven Dollars that Add Up: An Inside Look at the Municipal Court Building Security and Technology Funds
- Electronically Created Records
- Enforcing Municipal Ordinances in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
- Magistrate's Duty to Order the Installation of Ignition Interlock Devices
- Traffic Safety Note


May 2006
Vol. 15, No. 2 


- News on Traffic Safety in Texas
- Ethics Update: Public Statement No. PS-2006-1
- Change to Rules of Judicial Education
- General Counsel's Column: Read Any Good AG Opinions Recently?
- Caseflow Management in Texas Municipal Courts
- Bulk Requests: The “Ticket Stop” Example
- Apathy in Our Courts, Death on Our Roads
- Click It or Ticket


December 2005
Vol. 15, No. 1 


- Texas Magistrates: Gatekeepers to Indigent Defense
- TMCA Recognizes Oustanding Judge & Clerk of 2005
- Change in DSC Certificates
- New Collection Law: Problem or Opportunity?
- Case Law Update & Attorney General Opinion Update


August 2005
Vol. 14, No. 6 

  - Legislative Update 2005 with full text bill summaries

June 2005
Vol. 14, No. 5 


- Recent Ethics Opinions
- Contemporary Prosecutorial Ethical Dilemmas
- Setting Up a Collection Program
- The Fair Defense Act: Whose Job Is It Anyway? Part 2
- Clerks' Corner FAQ  


April/May 2005
Vol. 14, No. 4


- Teen Court and the Aftermath
- Amarillo Municipal Court: A Look at Collections, Compliance and Impact
- The Fair Defense Act: Whose Job Is It Anyway? Part 1
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driver’s License Suspension
- Farmers Branch Municipal Court: A Great Place to Work!
- Dispelling Confusion: Requests for Records Pertaining to Juveniles  


March 2005
Vol. 14, No. 3 

  - Military Service and Municipal Courts
- But I Already Paid My Fine! DPS Points & Surcharges
- Regional Databases: Not Just a Warrant List
- Clerks' Corner: DL Suspensions

December 2004
Vol. 14, No. 2 


- Municipal Courts Enhance Their Technological Services
- Recent Ethics Opinions
- General Counsel's Column: Designated Funds & Pretrial Distraction
- The Collections Process: How to Handle Delinquencies
- Clerks’ Role in Judgments and Capias Pro Fines
- Magistrate’s Authority to Issue Search
- Case Law Update 


October 2004
Vol. 14, No. 1 


- FAQs from the 800 Line
- General Counsel's Column: Juvenile Confessions
- TMCA Recognizes Clerk and Judge of the Year
- Tips and Tricks for Personal Computing
- Appeals from Municipal Court Judgments
- Financial Evaluation and the Defendant Interview


July 2004
Vol. 13, No. 6 


- CaseMail - Yet Another Way Email Makes Life Easier
- Establishing the Identity of Foreign Nationals
- Magistrates, Jurisdiction and Open Courts
- Complaints, Complaints, Complaints: Don’t Let the Language of the Law Confuse You
- The Fine Collections System
- The Clerk’s Role in Preparing Complaints
- Spanish for Bailiffs


May 2004
Vol. 13, No. 5 


- Handling Requests for Court Records
- Appeals – Myths and Facts
- Top 10 Things for Bailiffs to Do During Trial Other than Catching Up on Sleep
- Collections Tool: Skip Tracing
- General Counsel's Column: Jail Credit and Community Service
- Writ of Procedendo: Enforcing Judgments Post-Appeal
- Judgments Post Appeal
- Recent Ethics Opinions
- Judges: Putting Technology to Work for You


March 2004
Vol. 13, No. 4 


- Administrative Adjudication of Parking and Stopping Offenses
- Focus on Bail Bond Forfeiture
- Court Budget Planning during Lean Time
- Collections Tool: The Telephone
- General Counsel's Column: Article 15.18 Out-of-County Pleas
- Interlocal Agreements for Jail Service; Don’t Get Locked into a Bad Contract
- Serving the Community while Avoiding Getting Served
- Prisoner Transportation


January 2004
Vol. 13, No. 3 


- Amnesty 2004
- Case Law & Attorney General Opinion Update
- Read and Discuss the Canons
- Examples of Improper Judicial Conduct
- General Counsel's Column: Demeanor, Diligence, & Competence
- Caseload Trends in the Municipal Courts 2003
- Municipal Court Building Security Fund Revisisted


December 2003
Vol. 13, No. 2 


- Two Wrongs Didn’t Make It Right - Private Collections
- Courtroom Security – A Matter of Communication
- Language Interpreters in Court
- General Counsel's Column: Special Session, Collections, & Youth
- TMCA Names Outstanding Judge & Clerk of the Year


November 2003
Vol. 13, No. 1 


- Legislative Issues
- Rules of the Road Offense Chart


August 2003
Vol. 12, No. 6 


- Legislative Update 2003 with full bill text summaries


July 2003
Vol. 12, No. 5 


- Gender Bias in Court
- Family Violence Policy Good for Workplace
- Magistrate’s Order for Emergency Protection Issue
- Domestic and Family Violence: Vicarious Trauma and Judges
- Recent CCA Opinion: Lidar or Radar
- General Counsel's Column: Constitutional & Statutory Victims’ Rights


May 2003
Vol. 12, No. 4 


- Clerks' Corner: Counting Time
- The Future of Court Security
- Broadening the Pool: Representative Jury Pools
- Mediation Referrals and Orders from Municipal Courts
- Writing an Effective E-mail Policy
- General Counsel's Column: The Role of the Prosecutor
- An Overview of Collections Programs
- Waiver of Right to Appeal in Local Trial Courts of Limited Jurisdiction


March 2003
Vol. 12, No. 3 


- Appeals from Non-Record vs. Record Municipal Courts
- General Counsel's Column: Vienna Convention, Seat Belt Fines & Fines and Special Expense Fees in Deferred Disposition
- Insights into Diversity
- E-mail—To Delete or Not To Delete
- Foreign National Procedures
- How a Court Becomes a Court of Record
- Legal Q & A: Removal from Office
- Pay or Lay: Tate v. Short Revisited
- Warrant Officer/Marshal: Benefits vs. Cost


February 2003
Vol. 12, No. 2 


- Attorney General Opinions Update
- New Year's Computer Cleaning
- General Counsel's Column: Crimes Committed in Municipal Courts
- Court Costs Exercise
- Juveniles Now Adults
- Questioned Court Documents: Decreasing the Use of False Identities
- Designing a Court Security Plan
- Advancements in Court Technology


December 2002
Vol. 12, No. 1 


- Court Security
- Motions in Limine: A Judge’s Perspective
- Using Videoconferencing for 15.17 Hearings
- General Counsel's Column: Pretrial Hearings and Conferences, and CDLs
- Sending the Message with Amnesty Programs and Warrant Round-ups
- Case Law and Attorney General Update
- TMCA Recognizes Outstanding Judge & Clerk of the Year


Summer 2002
Vol. 11, No. 9  

  - Court Decorum Special Issue 

August 2002
Vol. 11, No. 8 


- Diversity Special Issue 


August 2002
Vol. 11, No. 7


- Deferred Adjudication is not Deferred Disposition
- Delineating the Four Rules of Expunction for Kids 
- Police Interactions with Juveniles
- Shame-based Sentencing: Thinking "Outside of the Box" or "Out of Bounds?"


July 2002
Vol. 11, No. 6 


- Vehicle Modifications
- What Is a Psychosocial Assessment?
- Moving Toward Paperless Courts
- Mayors, Magistrates, and Judges; Whose Job Is It?
- Deferred Disposition: Thinking Outside of the Box vs. Abuse of Discretion
- General Counsel's Column Recent Actions by the Commission on Judicial Conduct  


May 2002
Vol. 11, No. 5 


- Racial Profiling and Pretext Stops
- Public Perception, Road Rage and the Role of the Court
- Are You Getting the Most from Your Prosecutor?
- “Well, Officer ... About That Driver’s License”
- Traffic Technology


March 2002
Vol. 11, No. 4 


- The Bottom Line on Juvenile Contempt
- Local Court Costs
- General Counsel's Column: In-Court Judicial Misconduct & Victim Impact Panels
- Enhancements in Municipal Court
- Ethics Update
- Hate Crimes: Prosecute in Municipal Court?
- Justice Information Systems
- Graduated Driver’s License


February 2002
Vol. 11, No. 3 


- Attorney General Opinions and Open Records Decisions
- Constitutional Amendment Changes
- Destination of "Anti-bribery” Affidavit
- Indigent Defense Bill
- Sexual Harassment
- Court of Criminal Appeals: Rules of Judicial Education
- Ethics Advisory Opinions
- Launching Your Court onto the Web  


December 2001
Vol. 11, No. 2 


- Federal and State Case Law Update
- Testifying on Juvenile Magistration
- Collect on Those Warrants
- Rules & Deadlines for Court Interpreters
- General Counsel's Column: Out-of-County Magistration & Round Ups
- An Introduction to Court Technology


September 2001
Vol. 11, No. 1 


- Jail Credit: Attorney General Opinion
- First Clerk Achieves Full Certification
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective Judges
- Community Court Approach to Repeat Offenders


August 2001
Vol. 10, No. 5 

  - Legislative Update 2001 with full bill text summaries 

July 2001
Vol. 10, No. 4 

  - Legislative Update: Early Edition

May 2001
Vol. 10, No. 3 


- Innovations in Juvenile Procedure
- Lago Vista Prevails
- OCA Annual Report
- Common Juvenile Disorders
- Keys to Successful Community Service
- Tobacco Community Service
- Texas Teen Courts
- Juvenile Age
- Case Law Update


March 2001
Vol. 10, No. 2 


- Magistrations: Remote Video and Bond Conditions
- Ethics Advisory Opinions
- Improper Judicial Conduct
- Records Retention Program


August 2000
Vol. 9, No. 5 


- Magistration Under Article 15.17, C.C.P
- Election and Jury Punishment in Municipal Courts
- Prejudgment Jail Credit
- Rule 12 and Access to Court Records


July 2000
Vol. 9, No. 4 


- Unauthorized Practice of Law and Pro Se Practice
- Custody of Juveniles and Taking Statements
- Funds for Juvenile Programs
- School Violence and Its Impact on the Courts
- Tobacco Awareness and Community Service


June 2000
Vol. 9, No. 3 


- Case Law Update
- Frequently Asked Questions


April 2000
Vol. 9, No. 2 


- Attorney General Opinion Updates
- Clerks' Certification Program Surveyed


February 2000
Vol. 9, No. 1 


- Knowingly Removing Knowingly From Your Complaints
- DPS Honoring Community Service Suspensions
- Ethics Update





December 2010
Vol. 20, No. 1



-Case Law & Attorney General Opinion Update, Academic Year 2010
-Clerk Certification Update
-ABA Traffic Seminar Information
-CoLoGo Conference Information
-2011 Webinar Series Schedule

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