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Impaired Driver Symposium

Join us for the 2020 Impaired Driver Symposium....virtually. 

On August 3rd and 4th, we will be cohosting a Virtual Impaired Driver Symposium. Join Judges from around the state as we share solutions and best practices for combating impaired driving during the time of Coronavirus. 

This program is FREE; there is no registration fee. 

Registration is open! Click here to register.

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  • The Impaired Driver Symposium is a joint effort by the Texas Justice Court Training Center, Texas Association of Counties, Texas Center for the Judiciary, and Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. We are proud to present this TxDOT-sponsored conference which brings together judges of all levels to discuss impaired driving issues. 

    Most important, this conference provides an opportunity to discuss these issues with fellow judges from the comfort of your home or office in order to better understand roles and responsibilities when dealing with an impaired driving case. 

    TJCTC has 80 slots for justices of the peace. Registration opens on Monday, July 13th. 

  • What do I need to know about a virtual conference?

    • You will register on TJCTC's site by logging into your student profile after July 13th. After you have registered on our site, you will receive a confirmation email thank you for registering.

      A week before the program, you will receive an additional confirmation email with your "ticket" from Accelevents, the software where we will be hosting the virtual conference, with instructions on how to attend virtually. 

      This program is free - there is no registration fee. 

    • This will be an interactive conference where you will have the opportunity to meet in virtual breakout rooms with your fellow judges. 

      In order to attend, you must have the following: 

      • A computer connected to a strong internet connection to access the conference. Calling in will not be an option, although you can connect via Accelevents app. 
      • Chrome Browser - Google Chrome is the only browser that supports this software. You will not be able to access the conference on Internet Explorer or Safari. You can download Chrome here:
      • A microphone or speakers on your computer.

      Not required, but highly recommended: 

      • A webcam so that when you are in your breakout groups, a video feed will be shown in your groups. Please note: You will not need to have your video on the entire conference. Only when meeting in small groups. 

      Do you have questions about this? TJCTC is happy to troubleshoot these issues with you ahead of time. If you have questions, email Jessica at 

    • Bring your experiences surrounding impaired driving cases, especially thoughts on how to troubleshoot the unique environment coronavirus has created. 

      Bring a pen and notepad to take notes. 

      That's it! 

    • You will be able to enter the event 30 minutes before the first session starts, so at 12:15 p.m. 

      Here is a step by step guide on how to enter the program virtually on August 3rd:

    • Don't worry! We will be here to help you each step of the way. 

      Ahead of the event, you can email Jessica at with any questions you may have. 

      On the day of the event, call our office with questions and staff will be ready to talk you through entering the event and troubleshooting questions. 

  • Yes. This program is worth 7 hours of MCLE credit including .25 hours of ethics. 

    The course number will be provided during the program. 


August 3rd 

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. 
Welcome Remarks

Join us as we open this virtual event! We will have instructions for how to use the software and other helpful information. 

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 
Identifying Problems and Solutions in Impaired Driving

In this class, attendees will participate in small group discussions and share the problems they face and the solutions they have identified in their counties related to impaired driving topics. 

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 
Case Law Update

Join Judge Laura Weiser as she reviews recent significant changes in case law related to impaired driving cases. 

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. 
Setting Bail and Bond during the Age of Coronavirus

How has coronavirus affected bail and bond during the advent of COVID-19? Join Judge Kirk Noaker from Burnet County to discuss. 

4:00 - 4:50
Screening and Assessments for Impaired Driving

The screening and assessment of DWI offenders is imperative to determine individual risk level and treatment needs. This session will discuss different assessment tools and show how they can be used to reduce DWI recidivism, improve outcomes, and save lives. 

August 4th

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 
Diversion & Deferred Adjudication

Many state courts and the Texas Legislature, recognizing that traditional incarceration and fines may not always serve as a powerful deterrent for future impaired driving, have implemented various pre-trial diversion options for DWI. This course will explore these options and highlight the impact they have on traffic safety, public policy, and the changing landscape of procedural law in Texas.  

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. 
Impaired Driving Outreach and Education

Outreach and education are important components to help stop impaired driving in Texas, but how can you connect with the community during coronavirus? Join Judge Matthew Wright from Rosebud Municipal Court, as he discusses outreach in the age of coronavirus. 

10:30 - 12:00
Facilitated Scenarios

This interactive session will use scenarios that arise in impaired driving cases to allow judges to discuss best practices and procedures in small groups and with all participants of the conference.