About Us

The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC) was formed in 1984 by the Texas Municipal Courts Association (TMCA) to provide extensive, continuing professional education and training programs for municipal judges and court personnel. TMCEC is financed by a grant from the Court of Criminal Appeals out of funds appropriated by the Legislature to the Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund.

In 2006, TMCEC was incorporated as 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes of providing: (1) judicial education, technical assistance, and the necessary resource material to assist municipal judges, court support personnel, and city attorneys in obtaining and maintaining professional competence in the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice; and (2) information to the public about the Texas judicial system and laws relating to public safety and quality of life in Texas communities.
TMCEC conducts courses in various locations throughout the state to facilitate compliance by municipal judges with the Court of Criminal Appeals’ order mandating continuing education on an annual basis. Courses are offered for judges, clerks, court administrators, bailiffs, warrant officers, juvenile case managers, and prosecutors. At this time, annual attendance at judicial education programs is not mandatory for court clerks, but is highly recommended.

TMCEC staff attorneys are available to judges and court personnel to answer questions about municipal court procedures.  TMCEC publishes The Recorder: The Official Journal of Municipal Court and has an extensive collection of other resources that are available online (www.tmcec.com).  

Sponsoring more than 50 events annually, and providing professional and law-related education to more  than 5,000 people, TMCEC is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States of America.  TMCEC has an outstanding cadre of faculty members that consists of judges, attorneys, and other professionals from throughout the nation.  TMCEC takes pride in the quality and content of its conferences and work product.  It has earned the praise of judges, attorneys, policy makers, and court professionals throughout the Lone Star State.

TMCEC Board of Directors amended our corporate bylaws in 2006 and is available to download.

Support Our Nonprofit

Your contributions to the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center help support quality education for all municipal court personnel in Texas. Because of our non-profit status, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Contributions by Check

Contributions by check should be made payable to the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center and mailed to:

Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
2210 Hancock Drive
Austin, Texas 78756

Other Support

To make an in-kind donation, gifts of securities, or other types of support, please call 512.320.8274.


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Waiver of Registration Fees

If an individual, city or court is unable to pay the registration fees, an applicant is to provide written documentation explaining the financial hardship to the Board of Directors for consideration ninety (90) days prior to the TMCEC event, the scholarship committee will review request and will make recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Address your letter to TMCEC Board of Directors, c/o Hope Lochridge, Executive Director, 2210 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas  78756.

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