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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...

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

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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. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has modified education requirements for judges who were scheduled for Stage III in April 2020. See details below for more information. 

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  • Newly elected or appointed JP education requirements

    • Judges were originally scheduled to attend Stage III in Austin this April. However, TJCTC has canceled all live education programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. (If you have already submitted payment, we will refund you as soon as possible.) 

      The Court of Criminal Appeals has released an emergency order allowing you to get your remaining 24 hours of new judge education online due to this unique situation. There are specific online classes you will be required to receive. Click here to view your new online course requirements.

    • TJCTC divides up the 80 hours of training into 3 seminars throughout the year, beginning in December 2020 and continuing through April 2021. 

      Specific dates for these programs will be available this August. 

       

  • New judge seminar information

    • The curriculum is designed to introduce judges to the large array of topics Justices of the Peace will encounter on the bench and in their office. Courses are taught by TJCTC staff attorneys, current Justices of the Peace, and representatives from other state agencies.

      Stage I introduces the justice court jurisdiction, takes judges through ethical requirements, and presents eviction procedure, magistration, and inquests. 

      Stage II covers criminal procedure, juvenile law, introduction to civil procedure, and additional ethics.

      Stage III covers evidence, discovery, civil procedure, and landlord/tenant law. 

      Handouts will be provided at each seminar. 

    • Expect a packet detailing the New Judge seminars in late September. (If you have not filled out the New Judge Form yet, please do so in order to receive the packet.) The packet will include a registration form and registration will open in October.

      If you are a clerk who knows that you will have a new judge in January due to the election, you can reserve a spot by contacting April at adw167@txstate.edu. 

      Once you send in your registration form, 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.

    • All New Judge training is held in Austin, TX. Specific dates and locations will be available in late summer.

    • There is no registration fee for Stages I and II. For Stage III, the registration fee is $300, 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 each full day of classes.

    • 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.

      If you cannot attend the seminar, please contact Jessica at jessforeman@txstate.edu to find out about your judicial education requirements. 

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