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Upcoming Education Events

There are big changes coming to TJCTC's programs this academic year! Judges can now get 10 hours of education online, including civil hours. Because of this, our programs are set up differently.  

TJCTC will be offering in-person programs beginning in March 2021.

Click the icons below to find out about each type of program or scroll down to see a list of programs by date. 

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Programs by Date

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  • Magistration in the Time of COVID - Virtual Program

    Judges will hear best practices for remote and in-person magistrations and will learn important mental health updates. TJCTC attorneys will also do deep dives on the magistration topics of your choice. Additionally, we will provide helpful information from the Indigent Defense Commission regarding the appointment of counsel for indigent defendants.

    Details

    • This is a free, virtual program utilizing Zoom Meeting. 
    • Registration is open. Log into your TJCTC profile to register.
  • JP San Antonio 10-Hour Core Curriculum - In-Person Program

    Join us in San Antonio at the Wyndham Riverwalk for the 10-hour JP Core Curriculum program which will offer general sessions and breakouts on the most pressing topics affecting justice courts.  Participants at this program have the option to add on the JP San Antonio Evictions workshop to get all 20 hours in one go! 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the Wyndham Riverwalk) 
    • Registration opens in January.
  • Evictions Specialty Workshop 

    This interactive workshop will provide a deep dive into eviction cases. Along with procedural information, students will engage in discussions of real-life eviction issues and best practices for addressing them. Panel discussions featuring different viewpoints from around the state should produce a lively and engaging discussion of hot topics, including “gray areas” of the law. 

    Participants at this program have the option to add on the JP San Antonio 10-Hour Core Curriculum seminar to get all 20 hours in one go! 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $55 ($55/night for one night at the Wyndham Riverwalk) 
    • Registration opens in January

     

  • Office Management for High Volume Courts - In-Person Program

    Join us in Denton at the Denton Embassy Suites for this program! High volume dockets create a unique set of challenges for which Judges and clerks must be prepared. Join us for a highly interactive program where participants will hear from experts on topics such as staff training, leadership, docket management, and strategic training. Working in groups for part of the the program, Judges and clerks will think strategically about their courts and create action plans to enhance court efficiency.

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the Embassy Suites Denton) 
    • Agenda coming soon. 
    • Registration opens in January. 
  • JP Galveston 10-Hour Core Curriculum - In-Person Program

    Join us in Galveston at the San Luis Resort for the 10-hour JP Core Curriculum program which will offer general sessions and breakouts on the most pressing topics affecting justice courts.  Participants at this program have the option to add on the JP Galveston Evictions workshop to get all 20 hours in one go! 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the San Luis Resort)
    • Registration opens in January. 
  • Galveston Evictions Specialty Workshop - In-Person Program

    This interactive workshop will provide a deep dive into eviction cases. Along with procedural information, students will engage in discussions of real-life eviction issues and best practices for addressing them. Panel discussions featuring different viewpoints from around the state should produce a lively and engaging discussion of hot topics, including “gray areas” of the law. 

    Participants at this program have the option to add on the JP Galveston 10-Hour Core Curriculum seminar to get all 20 hours in one go! 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $55 ($55/night for one night at the San Luis Resort) 
    • Registration opens in January
  • Cause and Manner of Death at the Texas State University Body Farm - In-Person Program

    Join us in San Marcos for this program! This unique workshop put on by the Texas State University Forensic Anthropology program introduces Judges to the role of the forensic anthropologist in death investigations. The workshop will take place at Freeman Ranch and will include a field activity at the Texas State body farm where participants will view human remains in various stages of decomposition.   

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the Embassy Suites San Marcos) 
    • Please note: The program is hosted about 5 miles away from the hotel.  
    • Registration opens in January. 
  • JP Lubbock 10-Hour Core Curriculum - In-Person Program

    Join us in Lubbock at the Overton Hotel for the 10-hour JP Core Curriculum program which will offer general sessions and breakouts on the most pressing topics affecting justice courts.  Participants at this program have the option to add on the JP Lubbock Evictions workshop to get all 20 hours in one go! 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the Overton Hotel) 
    • Click here for a full agenda. 
    • Registration opens in January. 
  • Lubbock Evictions Specialty Workshop - In-Person Program

    This interactive workshop will provide a deep dive into eviction cases. Along with procedural information, students will engage in discussions of real-life eviction issues and best practices for addressing them. Panel discussions featuring different viewpoints from around the state should produce a lively and engaging discussion of hot topics, including “gray areas” of the law. 

    Participants at this program have the option to add on the JP Lubbock 10-Hour Core Curriculum seminar to get all 20 hours in one go! 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $55 ($55/night for one night at the Overton Hotel) 
    • Registration opens in January
  • JP Austin 10-Hour Core Curriculum - In-Person Program

    Join us in Austin at the Omni Southpark Hotel for the 10-hour JP Core Curriculum program which will offer general sessions and breakouts on the most pressing topics affecting justice courts.  

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the Overton Hotel) 
    • Registration opens in January. 
  • JP Austin 10-Hour Core Curriculum - VIRTUAL

    Join us virtually for a livestream of the the 10-hour JP Core Curriculum program happening in Austin. You can watch the program through TJCTC's app from the comfort of your own home. 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $50 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $25 overhead assessment)
    • Registration opens in January. 

    What courses will be livestreamed? 

    • It's a Brave New World
    • Virtual Hearings Practice Session
    • Virtual Hearings General Session
    • Occupational Driver Licenses
    • Interpreters
    • Civil and Criminal Judgments
    • Probable Cause
  • Leadership for Rural Courts - In-Person Program

    Join us in Boerne at the Bevy for this program! Rural justice of the peace courts in Texas face unique challenges including big distances sometimes coupled with small resources. At this interactive program, judges and clerks will hear from other rural judges and officials on how to meet rural challenges. Working in groups, Judges and clerks will think strategically about their courts and create action plans to enhance rural justice.    

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the Bevy Boerne) 
    • Agenda coming soon. 
    • Registration opens in January. 
  • JP DFW 10-Hour Core Curriculum - In-Person Program

    Join us in Denton at the Denton Embassy Suites for the 10-hour JP Core Curriculum program which will offer general sessions and breakouts on the most pressing topics affecting justice courts.  

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $75 (Includes a $25 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $110 ($55/night for two nights at the Denton Embassy Suites) 
    • Registration opens in January. 
  • Impaired Driver Symposium - In-Person Program

    Join us in Corpus Christi at the Omni Corpus Christi for this program! A co-hosted workshop with TCJ, TMCEC, and TAC that covers issues related to DWI offenses impacting all levels of the judiciary.  

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = FREE
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = One night's lodging is FREE
    • Agenda coming soon. 
    • Registration opens in January. 

Information about judicial education, programs, and more!

  • Judicial Education Credit Information

    • Newly elected or appointed judges are required to attend 80 hours of education from TJCTC. Click here for more information.

       

    • 2nd year judges who are not attorneys must attend 20 hours of training from TJCTC. At least 10 hours of the 20 must be education on civil law topics. 

      Can I get hours online? 

      The Court of Criminal Appeals released changes to the Rules of Judicial Education for the FY21 academic year. Judges can receive up to 10 hours of credit for online learning, including civil hours. 

      If you would like to request to do all 20 hours online due to COVID-19, please email Sarah at smm437@txstate.edu. 

    • Judges in their 3rd year and later who are not attorneys must complete 20 hours of judicial education. At least 10 hours of the 20 must be education on civil law topics obtained through TJCTC. The remaining 10 hours may be completed through TJCTC or another approved entity. 

      Can I get hours online? 

      The Court of Criminal Appeals released changes to the Rules of Judicial Education for the FY21 academic year. Judges can receive up to 10 hours of credit for online learning, including civil hours. 

      If you would like to request to do all 20 hours online due to COVID-19, please email Sarah at smm437@txstate.edu. 

       

    • Attorney judges still must complete 20 hours of judicial education, and 10 of those hours must be on civil law topics. These hours may be obtained through TJCTC, another approved entity, or State Bar CLE courses on topics relevant to justice courts. If you aren't sure if your course is relevant to justice court, please verify through TJCTC before attending.

      Please note for FY20: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Court of Criminal Appeals is allowing Justices of the Peace to get 20-hours (including civil hours) online via online courses and webinars. Judges can also get their hours through any combination of online and in-person hours. 

      Judges can use a combination of TJCTC hours and hours from other approved entities. To review the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Rules of Judicial Education including approved entities, click here. 

    • The judicial education year begins on September 1st and ends on August 31st. All training hours must be completed by August 31st and submitted one week later. 

       

    • Log-in to your TJCTC Profile

      Choose "Download my transcript." 

      When you download your transcript, you will see every course you have attended with TJCTC, divided by year.

      If you are looking for a webinar, live webinars can be found at the top during the academic year that you signed up and took them. 

      Webinar Recordings can be found at the bottom of the transcript. 

  • Program Policies

    • Enrollment is subject to receipt of an online registration from each participant. The registration fee provides for program costs and meals. Pursuant to grant conditions, the registration fee is mandatory and returned to the grant to be spent as restricted funds. If you or your county cannot pay this fee, please contact Thea Whalen at td24@txstate.edu to receive a waiver. 

      The Texas State overhead assessment fee is a voluntary fee deposited into TJCTC's private fund account and is used for unrestricted activity expenses that the grant cannot cover, such as salaries, benefits, and excess food and lodging costs. 

      The breakdown between the fees is detailed on your invoice that is emailed to you once registered. The registration fee should be paid in full prior to the state of the event. 

    • The lodging fee is a fee that covers your portion of the hotel cost if you choose to have a single room. This fee is consistent for every event at $55 based on the lowest rate of any hotel that TJCTC uses. There is no lodging fee if you choose double occupancy or no room. 

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals building

Our programs are funded through generous grants from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Department of Transportation.