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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.

Register on our site!


After you have registered on our site, we have some material that can get you started before you meet us for live education.


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. 

New Judge Programs in 2021

For judges that are newly elected or appointed, you are required to attend 80 hours of judicial education. TJCTC breaks that training up into 3 seminars. Click the programs below for more information. 

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  • Thursday, December 10th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

    Join us virtually via Zoom to meet TJCTC staff and learn about resources to prepare you for Stage I and to meet TJCTC staff. 

    The first portion from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. is required. (If you cannot attend on this date, we will record the session and send it to you to watch at your convenience.) The second portion from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. is an optional networking time to meet TJCTC staff and judges from our Education Committee. 

    We will send out the information for this virtual meeting in November. 

  • Due to COVID-19, the New Judge Stage I program will be held virtually. 

    Zoom Meeting Agenda

    January 12th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    January 13th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    January 14th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    January 19th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    January 20th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    January 21st: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = This seminar does not have a cost associated with it. 
    • For more information including to register and receive a detailed schedule and Zoom information, contact Sarah at smm437@txstate.edu or 512.347.9927, ext. 501. 
  • Due to COVID-19, the New Judge Stage II program will be held virtually. 

    Zoom Meeting Agenda

    February 23rd: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    February 24th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    February 25th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    March 2nd: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    March 3rd: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    March 4th: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = This seminar does not have a cost associated with it. 
    • For more information including to register and receive a detailed schedule and Zoom information, contact Sarah at smm437@txstate.edu or 512.347.9927, ext. 501. 
  • May 17th - 20th at the Westin Domain in Austin

    Join us in Austin at the Westin at the Domain for the New Judge Stage III seminar. 

    Agenda: 

    May 17th: Program starts at 1:00 p.m. 
    May 18th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
    May 19th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    May 20th: Class from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. 

    Details

    • Total cost for seminar = $150 (Includes a $75 registration fee + $50 overhead assessment)
    • Total cost for hotel lodging = $165 ($55/night for three nights at the Westin Domain. The cost of the hotel per night is more expensive, but TJCTC pays the rest. TJCTC will make your hotel reservations. Do not make them yourself or you will be charged the full rate.)  
    • If you would like to come in on May 16th due to far travel time, we may be able to accommodate you. Email Sarah at smm437@txstate.edu. 
    • Registration will open March 30th. 
  • 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. 

    • Registration packets coming soon. (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 form.

      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.

    • TJCTC charges for all three programs at once, due before Stage III. The $300 fee includes a $100 registration fee + a $200 overhead assessment). 

      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. TJCTC will provide a catered breakfast and lunch on each full day of classes.

      Each program also has a lodging fee associated with it. 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. 

    • 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 April at adw167@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 Sarah at smm437@txstate.edu to find out about your judicial education requirements. 

  • TJCTC New Judge Policies

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

    • Check out our online learning to go in-depth on specific topics. 

      Also, we have workshops all throughout the year you are welcome to attend. Click here to see the workshops.

      Did you just get appointed? Check out our new judge resource page for a basic overview of the justice court jurisdiction. 

       

    • For questions concerning your education requirements and the seminars, contact the JP Program Administrator Sarah McKinney at smm437@txstate.edu or call (512) 347-9927, ext. 501.

      For questions regarding registration for an event, contact the Registrar Laura Villarreal at lv13@txstate.edu or call (512) 347-9927, ext. 200.

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

    • 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.