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Texas Justice Court Training Center


Understanding Poverty and Its Intersection with Criminal Justice

Attention Judges! TJCTC and TMCEC are joining forces to host a workshop on poverty and indigent defendants in Austin on November 28-29th. Registration begins on Wednesday, October 19th and the workshop is open to the first 40 Judges who register. For more details, download the workshop brochure or visit the workshop webpage.

Information on New OCA Reporting

Last session, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1369, which mandates the reporting of appointments of attorneys ad litem, guardians, guardians ad litem, mediators and competency evaluators in any type of case (with some exclusions).  Additionally, all payments received for those appointments must be reported.

Although many justice courts will have appointments of a guardian ad litem or attorney in truancy cases, many courts will have no activity to report. However, every court in the state must report each month, whether or not the court has any reportable activity. Reporting requirements mandated by SB 1369 go into effect September 1, 2016. The first report is due by October 15, 2016. 

To download TJCTC's "Truancy - Approval of Payment for Attorney or Guardian form," click here. Also, a powerpoint created by OCA outlining this information and instructions for reporting may be found at OCA's website.

2016-2017 Academic Year Registration Opens

Justice of the Peace  & Court Personnel Registration are open. To see a complete list of courses, click here.

Civil Process Registration opened September 29th. To download the Civil Process brochure, click here.

Register early to secure your spot!

Final Version of Rule and Form on Inability to Pay Civil Court Costs Released

On August 31, the Texas Supreme Court released the final edits to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure as well as the final version of their proposed Statement of Inability to Afford Court Costs. Justice courts now must make this form available to all litigants, without charge or the necessity of a request. Justice courts must use this form, or a form that has all of the information contained in it. These changes are effective September 1, 2016. Click here for a copy of the form. To view the entire order, including the updates to Rule 502.3 (as well as several other rules being updated with the new title of “Statement of Inability to Afford Court Costs”), go to

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Topics Include: Service of Summons & Pretrial Hearings in Truancy Cases, ODL, Improving Bond Conditions in DWI Cases, and Masking. Click here to download your copy.