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Justice of the Peace Education Events

The academic year for Judges begins on September 1st and ends on August 31st. We are happy to offer several different types of education events for the 2017 academic year including:

We will also be holding 8 legislative updates during Summer 2017 throughout the state. For more information, please visit our Legislative Update page.


20 & 16-Hour Seminars

20-Hour seminars are TJCTC's main education events. Lasting two and a half days, these seminars allow Judges to get all of their required education in one go. Judges can also choose the 16-hour option and only attend the first two days of the seminar.

What courses are taught?

Over 28 courses are offered during the seminar. Throughout the year, the JPCA Education Committee & staff meet to develop the following year's curriculum. We choose courses based on need and attendees' suggestions.

When can I register? 

Justice of the Peace registration opens September 27th. Register early to secure your spot!

Where are seminars located at?

We hold several 20-hour seminars around the state.

Location Date Surcharge + tax Hotel Information

San Luis Resort

5222 Seawall Blvd.

Galveston, TX 77551

(409) 744-1500

Dec. 4-7, 2016 $54.50 + 15%

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.

Check-out: 11:00 a.m.

Omni Corpus Christi

900 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 887-1600

Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2017 $58.50 + 15%

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.

Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

Complimentary airport shuttle.

Omni Southpark

4140 Governors Row

Austin, TX 78744

(512) 448-2222

Feb. 28-March 3, 2017

 

$79.50 + 15%

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.

Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

Complimentary airport shuttle.

Hilton Lakefront Hotel

2055 Summer Lee Dr.

Rockwall, TX 75032

(214) 771-3700

April 23-26, 2017 $65.00 + 13%

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.

Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

Overton Hotel

2322 Mac Davis Ln.

Lubbock, TX 79401

(806) 776-7000

May 30-June 2, 2017 $44.50 +15%

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.

Check-out: 11:00 a.m.

Complimentary airport shuttle.

How much does a 20-hour Seminar cost?

The registration fee is $150, payable by check, money order, or purchase order, to Texas State University. Please send it to TJCTC at 1701 Directors Blvd. Suite 530, Austin, TX 78744.

In order to keep our seminars at capacity and give everyone enough time to request funds, we are requesting the registration fee one month prior to the event start date. Once you are registered for an event, an invoice with due dates will be available for you to download and print within your TJCTC profile.

You are on your own for all your travel expenses and if you opt for a single room, you will need to pay one half of the room rate per night. TJCTC will provide a catered breakfast and lunch on the first two class days and a full breakfast buffet on the last day.


What if I’m unable to attend an event?

Cancellations must be done through your TJCTC profile and received two weeks prior to the event start date in order to receive a full refund. If you must cancel your registration within two weeks to the event, email your cancellation to our Registrar, Laura Villarreal, at lv13@txstate.edu. No refunds or credits will be given for no shows, late arrivals or early departures.


What else should I know?

  • Once you register and send payment, you will receive a confirmation email with specific information about hotel check-in times and procedures.
  • TJCTC will make hotel reservations for you in order to get a discounted rate. Do not contact the hotel about reservations.
  • If you would like to stay an additional day, please contact Jessica at jessforeman@txstate.edu. Additional nights will be based upon availability and at the best available rate. You will be on your own for all charges.
  • Handouts are not provided. They will be available on your TJCTC profile two weeks before the seminar for printing. If you anticipate changing into another class onsite, please consider printing those handouts as well. Wifi is not provided in the meeting rooms.
  • Certificates of Attendance can be downloaded and printed from your TJCTC Profile under the Certificates link two weeks after the event has concluded.
  • For any additional questions, call us at 512-347-9927.

10-Hour Workshops

10-Hour workshops are topic focused education held in smaller locations around the state. Lasting a day and a half, these workshops allow Judges and Court Personnel to go in-depth on one particular topic.

We will also be holding 8 legislative updates during Summer 2017 throughout the state. For more information, please visit our Legislative Update page.

What courses are taught?

For the 2017 academic year, 4 workshops will be held. The TJCTC staff attorneys choose the topics based on need and interest.

Where are workshops located?

Location Topic Date Surcharge + tax

Omni Southpark

Governors Row

Austin, TX 78744

*Understanding Poverty & Its Intersection with Criminal Justice

*This is an 8-hour workshop with a different registration fee and format.

November 28-29th $55.00 + 15% tax

The Tremont House

2300 Mechanic St.

Galveston, TX 77550

Evictions & Other Landlord Tenant Issues February 6-8, 2017 $49.50 + 15%

The Cavalry Court

200 Century Court

College Station, TX 77840

Criminal Procedure: Traffic March 19-21, 2017 $69.50 + 15.75%

Embassy Suites San Marcos

1001 E McCarty Ln

San Marcos, TX 78666

Juvenile Law

August 23-25, 2017

 

$44.50 + 15%

How much do the workshops cost?

The registration fee is $100, payable by check, money order, or purchase order, payable to Texas State University. Please send it to TJCTC at 1701 Directors Blvd. Suite 530, Austin, TX 78744.

Once you are registered for an event, an invoice with due dates will be available for you to download and print within your TJCTC profile.

You are on your own for all your travel expenses and if you opt for a single room, you will need to pay one half of the room rate per night (listed above). TJCTC will provide a catered breakfast and lunch on the first day of class and a full breakfast buffet on the last day.

What else should I know?

  • Once you register and send payment, you will receive a confirmation email with specific information about hotel check-in times and procedures.
  • TJCTC will make hotel reservations for you in order to get a discounted rate. Do not contact the hotel about reservations.
  • If you would like to stay an additional day, please contact Heather at hh07@txstate.edu. Additional nights will be based upon availability and at the best available rate. You will be on your own for all charges.
  • Handouts are not provided. They will be available on your TJCTC profile two weeks before the seminar for printing. If you anticipate changing into another class onsite, please consider printing those handouts as well. Wifi is not provided in the meeting rooms.
  • Certificates of Attendance can be downloaded and printed from your TJCTC Profile under the Certificates link two weeks after the event has concluded.
  • For any additional questions, call us at 512-347-9927.

Webinars

Webinars are live educational courses that attendees can watch through the gotowebinar software. Webinars can be attended by both Judges and Court Personnel and are held throughout the year. You can also watch archived versions of past webinars by visiting our Webinar Archive.

What courses are taught?

We hold 20 webinars throughout the year.  Staff attorneys and guest instructors teach the webinars.

When are the webinars?

Date     Time    Topic Presenter
September 8, 2016 (Thursday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Inquest Procedure Staff Attorney
September 21, 2016 (Tuesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Basic Eviction Procedures Staff Attorney
September 30, 2016 (Friday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Driver License, Handgun, & Environmental Hearings Staff Attorney
October 5, 2016 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Basic Truancy Staff Attorney
October 18, 2016 (Tuesday) 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Hunting & Hunter Safety Guest presenters from Texas Parks & Wildlife
October 27, 2016 (Thursday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Updates & Issues with the OCA Monthly Report Guest presenter from OCA
November 9, 2016 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Impaired Driving & Technology Guest presenter from Smart Start
December 1, 2016 (Thursday) 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Boating & Boater Safety Guest presenter from Texas Parks & Wildlife
January 19, 2017 (Thursday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Records Retention Guest presenter from Texas State Library & Archives Commission
February 10, 2017 (Friday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Magistration at the Jail Staff Attorney
February 22, 2017 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Judicial Ethics Update

CANCELED

This webinar has been canceled due to a presenter conflict.
March 15, 2017 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Enforcement of Criminal Judgments Staff Attorney
March 31, 2017 (Friday) 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. DWI Bond Conditions Staff Attorney
April 4, 2017 (Tuesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Post-Judgment Civil Procedure Staff Attorney
May 3, 2017 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Default Judgment Procedure Staff Attorney
May 16, 2017 (Tuesday) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Discovery in Justice Court Staff Attorney
June 6, 2017 (Tuesday) 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Blood Search Warrants Staff Attorney
June 15, 2017 (Thursday) 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Turnover & Appointment for Receivership: The Court's Discretion Staff Attorney
August 23, 2017 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Basic Juvenile Law Staff Attorney
August 29, 2017 (Tuesday) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Basic Pre-Trial Civil Procedure Staff Attorney

How much do the webinars cost? 

  • Webinars are free of charge. You only need a TJCTC username and password to attend.

What else should I know?

  • Judges can use up to 4 hours of webinar credit to count for their yearly required 20 hours.
  • Webinars often fill up so register early.
  • Want to sign up? Webinars require a two part registration. First, register on our site. Afterwards, you will be prompted with a link to the gotowebinar site. Register there and you will receive the webinar access link in a confirmation email. Use that confirmation link to access your webinar at the assigned date and time. 

Legislative Updates

On legislative years, TJCTC hosts legislative updates around the state. Click here to visit our Legislative Updates page.