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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.

2019 - 2020 Seminars

We divide up the 80 hour training into 3 seminars throughout the year.

What courses are taught?

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.

When can I register? 

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.

When and where are the seminars held?

All New Judge training is held in Austin, TX.

Seminar Location Date Room charge

28-Hour Stage I Seminar

Austin Marriott South

4415 South I-35

Austin, TX 78744

December 8 -12, 2019

$60 per night

Total cost: $240 payable by check or money order to TJCTC


28-Hour Stage II Seminar


Austin Marriott South

4415 South I-35

Austin, TX 78744

January 5 - 9, 2020

$60 per night

Total cost: $240 payable by check or money order to TJCTC

24-Hour Stage III Seminar


Austin Marriott South

4415 South I-35

Austin, TX 78744

April 5 - 9, 2020

$60 per night

Total cost: $180 payable by check or money order to TJCTC

Program begins at 1:00 p.m. on April 6th. If you would like a room for April 5th, total room cost will be $240.

How much does each Seminar cost?

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.

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 No refunds or credits will be given for no shows, late arrivals or early departures.

What else should I know?

  • 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.
  • If you would like to stay an additional day, please contact Travon Earl at Additional nights will be based upon availability and at the best available rate. You will be on your own for all charges.
  • Handouts will be provided in class.
  • For any additional questions, call us at 512-347-9927.

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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