Although annual education of municipal court clerks is not required, the Texas Legislature, the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Texas Municipal Courts Association recognize the importance of training and allocating funds for that purpose. Clerks participating in the Municipal Clerk Certification Program are encouraged to apply for a TCCA scholarship that provides funding for supplemental education to further professional growth.
24-Hour New Clerk Boot Camp $200 AUSTIN
New clerks and clerks who have never attended TMCEC conferences should first attend a 24-hour new clerks school. This seminar offers classes on basic court procedures -- from filing a complaint to final disposition of a case. Also included in the program are classes on Authorities and Duties, Juveniles, Court Costs, Collections, State Reports, Trial Processes, Warrants, Appeals, Court Security, and Ethics. Many cities are unaware that municipal court clerks are court officers and that their actions can and do bear directly on proper court operations. If a clerk oversteps the bounds of his or her authority, the clerk, judge, and city may be subject to liability. Also, most clerks are unaware that the Code of Judicial Conduct requires them to observe the same standards of fidelity and diligence that are required of judges. This program helps clerks to perform their jobs more effectively and accurately. For a registration form, click HERE or download the brochure below. To register online, click HERE.
Note: New clerk "Boot Camp" seminars are four days in length and begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and conclude at 12:00 noon on Thursday. TMCEC will pay for sleeping rooms for the nights of Monday through Wednesday. Clerks at these programs are offered a single room at no additional charge.
Level III Assessment Clinic $100 AUSTIN
To be certified at Level III, clerks and court administrators must attend a three-day Assessment Clinic sponsored by TMCEC. The Clinic is a workshop emphasizing the development and practice of court management and human resources skills. The purpose of the Clinic is to help clerks gain confidence in their management skills and to become better prepared to provide efficient and effective oversight of court operations. The program usually has 20 or fewer registered participants and interaction is emphasized. Participants are encouraged to make self-assessments of their own management and human resources skills.
This program is contingent upon at least 12 participants enrolling 30 days prior to the program. Housing is provided, if requested, on the nights of the 28th, 29th, and 30th. The $50 per night single room fee applies to this program. Registration is not permitted online for this program. For a registration form, click HERE.
Participation in the Assessment Clinic is one of several activities required to complete Level III. Participants need not have completed the exam or observation process before attending the clinic; however it is necessary to be Level II Certified and to have completed a majority of the readings on the Level III list.
January 28-31, 2013
Register by: 12/20/12
Court Administrators Seminar $100 Corpus Christi
This seminar is designed for and integrated into the third and final level of the Court Clerks Certification Program. Becoming a Certified Municipal Court Clerk requires the leadership skills of the court administrator. This program focuses on developing the court administrator as a manager, supervisor, and leader. The seminar is open to court administrators, court supervisors, or anyone seeking designation as a Certified Municipal Court Clerk. To view the brochure, agenda, and registration form, click here.
The $50 per night single room fee applies to this program.
Regional Clerks Seminar $50 REGIONAL
The regional seminars for experienced clerks offer 8 hours of continuing education, and begin with general sessions covering two security-related courses (dealing with sovereign defendants and cash handling). The afternoon features breakout sessions addressing a wide range of issues such as court procedures, juvenile issues, and statutory laws. Participants’ registration fees and travel could be paid for by local security funds or out of the city's portion of the time payment fee or judicial support fee. The first day of the conference offers an optional pre-conference session on Tools for Effective Court Administration, providing another 4 hours of credit. Clerks can also choose to attend a prep session for either Level I or Level II of the certification exams. Certification tests will be held the day after each regional conference at the clerk's expense.
Please note: Effective September 1, 2012, the regional clerks program will be 8 hours in length. TMCEC will cover the room expense for qualified participants on the night before the seminar. Participants interested in obtaining 12 hours may attend the pre-conference.
The $50 per night single room fee applies to this program. For a registration form, click HERE
. To register online, click HERE.
*Note: There is an optional 4-hour traffic safety program on May 1.
Traffic Safety Conference $50 Austin
TMCEC offers a 12-hour Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference in cooperation with TxDOT for municipal judges, clerks, juvenile case managers, and prosecutors. 2013 agenda topics include: Commercial Driver's License Laws, Driver's License Reciprocity, Speeding and Speed Limit Laws, Danger Without Intentions, Distracted Driving, Talking To Your Town (DRSR), Teen Court and Traffic Saftey, Things With Wheels, Drug Impaired Driving, Communicating With DPS, OmniBase and Scofflaw, and more.
There is an optional pre-conference session, Influencing Young Drivers, on the first day of the conference, allowing for up to 6 more hours of credit. The pre-conference features DSC and Deferred Options, Creative Sentencing, and the Alive at 25 Driver's Awareness Course.
Click HERE for the brochure and agenda.
Registration is not permitted online for this event. For a registration form, click HERE.
Traffic Safety Award recipients will be recognized at the conference and receive complimentary conference registration, travel to and from the conference to include airfare or mileage that is within state guidelines, two nights at the beautiful Omni Hotel, and most meals and refreshments. To find out how your court can be selected to receive this honor next year, contact TMCEC at 800.252.3718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waiver of Registration Fees
If an individual, city, or court is unable to pay the registration fee, please write a letter explaining the financial difficulty to the Board of Directors for consideration 45 days prior to the event. Address your letter to TMCEC Board of Directors, c/o Hope Lochridge, Executive Director, 2210 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas 78756.
Cancellations and Refunds
Should you need to cancel or transfer a registration, or to request a refund, please download the corresponding form and fax it to us at 512.435.6118.