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New Judges

Congratulations on being elected or appointed to the office of Justice of the Peace! 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.


Registration for New Judge Stage I and II is now open!

Before you register, click here to download a packet of information (including schedules) about the programs. 

After reading the information packet, click the button below to register. 


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 and 2022

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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  • New Judge Stage I Seminar in San Marcos - December 12 - 16, 2021

    • This program will be located at the San Marcos Embassy Suites on December 12 - 16, 2021. 

      Agenda

      Sunday, December 12th: Travel day 
      Monday, December 13th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, December 14th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
      Wednesday, December 15th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
      Thursday, December 16th: Class from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. 

      Breakfast provided everyday. Lunch provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

       

    • Registration Fee

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

      Therefore, you do not need to pay a registration fee now for Stage I. 


      Hotel Room Cost

      If you would like a hotel room at the San Marcos Embassy Suites, the voluntary cost will be $220 ($55/per night for 4 nights). 

      Hotel Room Night Cost Information
      All room nights are a $55 charge per night regardless of location. This is a voluntary fee to cover the difference between the grant allowed GSA rate and the cost charged by the property. This cost allows education seminars to continue to be held in preferred locations throughout the state.


      You are on your own for all your travel expenses. TJCTC will provide a catered breakfast and lunch on each full day of classes.

    • COVID-19 INFORMATION

      In light of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA 36 and Texas State University’s accompanying statement, masks will be encouraged, but not required, at TJCTC education events. Hotels may require masks as they are not covered by the emergency order. 

      We strongly encourage mask wearing if you are not vaccinated. TJCTC cares about our health and the health of your communities.

      For more information on TJCTC's COVID-19 policies, click here.

    • Registration packets will be emailed out and available on this website the second week of October. (If you have not filled out the New Judge Form yet, please do so in order to receive the packet.) 

      Once you send in your registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with specific information about hotel check-in times and procedures.


      If you are a court clerk who knows that you will have a new judge soon, you can reserve a spot by contacting April at adw167@txstate.edu. 


      TJCTC will make hotel reservations for you in order to get a discounted rate. Do not contact the hotel about reservations.


      New judges who have not completed Stage I in the past are required to attend. 


      Do you have questions? Contact Jessica at jessforeman@txstate.edu. 

  • New Judge Stage II Seminar in San Marcos - January 23 - 27, 2022

    • This program will be located at the San Marcos Embassy Suites on January 23 - 27th 

      Agenda

      Sunday, January 23rd: Travel day 
      Monday, January 24th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, January 25th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
      Wednesday, January 26th: Class from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
      Thursday, January 27th: Class from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. 

      Breakfast provided everyday. Lunch provided on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

    • Registration Fee

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

      Therefore, you do not need to pay a registration fee now for Stage I. 


      Hotel Room Cost

      If you would like a hotel room at the San Marcos Embassy Suites, the voluntary cost will be $220 ($55/per night for 4 nights). 

      Hotel Room Night Cost Information
      All room nights are a $55 charge per night regardless of location. This is a voluntary fee to cover the difference between the grant allowed GSA rate and the cost charged by the property. This cost allows education seminars to continue to be held in preferred locations throughout the state.


      You are on your own for all your travel expenses. TJCTC will provide a catered breakfast and lunch on each full day of classes.

    • COVID-19 INFORMATION

      In light of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA 36 and Texas State University’s accompanying statement, masks will be encouraged, but not required, at TJCTC education events. Hotels may require masks as they are not covered by the emergency order. 

      We strongly encourage mask wearing if you are not vaccinated. TJCTC cares about our health and the health of your communities.

      For more information on TJCTC's COVID-19 policies, click here.

    • Registration packets will be emailed out and available on this website the second week of October. (If you have not filled out the New Judge Form yet, please do so in order to receive the packet.) 

      Once you send in your registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with specific information about hotel check-in times and procedures.


      If you are a court clerk who knows that you will have a new judge soon, you can reserve a spot by contacting April at adw167@txstate.edu. 


      TJCTC will make hotel reservations for you in order to get a discounted rate. Do not contact the hotel about reservations.


      New judges who have not completed Stage I in the past are required to attend. 


      Do you have questions? Contact Jessica at jessforeman@txstate.edu. 

  • New Judge Stage III will take place in the Spring in the Austin area. Details coming soon! 

  • 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 Jessica Foreman at jessforeman@txstate.edu. 

      For questions regarding registration for an event, contact April Williams at adw167@txstate.edu or 512.347.9927. 

      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. 

    • All room nights are a $55/night charge regardless of location. This is a voluntary fee to cover the difference between the grant allowed GSA rate and the cost charged by the property. This cost allows education seminars to continue to be held in preferred locations throughout the state.