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New Judges

Congratulations on your achievement! The office you are about to take has a long and colorful history. It is an office of honor, integrity, and service to the public. Your words and actions will now be the words and actions of a judge.

And we are here to help. The Texas Justice Court Training Center is responsible for providing the 80-hours of education that new judges are required to attend. This page is a starting off point for you to access our resources and get training information. First though, we need to meet you...

Register on our site!

Click the link above to fill out the New Judge form so that we can assist you with creating a username and password to access our training resources.

Education Requirements

The Rules of Judicial Education state that each justice of the peace will complete within one year after taking office an 80-hour live course of instruction from the Texas Justice Court Training Center.

We divide up the 80 hour training into 3 seminars throughout the year. Contact us as soon as you are elected or appointed so that we can register you for the next upcoming seminar.

FY17 Seminars

Congratulations to the 27 Justices of the Peace who completed the New Judge education for 2017. FY18 seminars will be updated soon!

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2017 New Judges!

New Judge Resources

For flowcharts, checklists, videos of mock trials, and more, visit our New JP Resource page.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What training can a New Judge attend besides Stages I-III?

New Judges are welcome to attend any of our live webinars delivered throughout the year or our 10-hour workshops located around the state.

Click here for information regarding 2016-2017 workshops.

Click here for information regarding 2016-2017 webinars.

Can I attend a training if I'm thinking about running for office?

No. Due to grant constraints, our 80 hour trainings are only for elected or appointed justices of the peace.

Where are the seminars located?

The three seminars are generally located in the Austin area. A detailed information packet listing hotel addresses and rooming information will be mailed out in October to all new judges registered in our system.

I have a question. Who do I contact?

For questions concerning your education requirements and the seminars, contact the JP Program Administrator Jessica Foreman at or call (512) 347-9927, ext. 206.

For questions regarding registration for an event, contact the Registrar Laura Villarreal at or call (512) 347-9927, ext. 201.

For legal questions, call our main line at 512.347.9927 and ask to speak to the attorney on-call.