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.  

Registration for FY17 is now open, please visit our register site to register.
Or you can access registration forms here.


New Clerks Seminar                                $200                                     Austin

New clerks and clerks who have never attended TMCEC conferences should first attend a 32-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.

December 12-16, 2016

Register by: 11/11/16
 July 17-21, 2017

Register by: 06/17/17


Note: New clerk seminars are five days in length and begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and conclude at 12:00 noon on Friday. TMCEC will pay for sleeping rooms for the nights of Monday through Thursday. 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. It will be held January 23-26, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Austin. Housing is provided, if requested, on the 23rd through the 26th. The $50 per night single room fee applies to this program. Please submit registration for this program by December 23, 2016.

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. 

Court Administrators Seminar                                  $100                                Addison
This seminar is designed for and integrated into the third and final level of the Court Clerks Certification Program. The program focuses on developing the court administrator as a court leader and provides courses on topics not generally offered at the regional seminars. The seminar is open to court administrators, court supervisors, or anyone seeking designation as a Certified Municipal Court Clerk.
This year's seminar will be held June 26-28, 2017 at the Addison Crowne Plaza. The $50 per night single room fee applies to this program. Please submit registration by May 26, 2017.

Regional Clerks Seminar                                     $50                                    

Regional seminars are 12 hour programs covering the law, municipal court practice, and current issues affecting courts. An additional 4-hour special session on a subject of topical interest will also be offered at each school. Below is our upcoming schedule.

Oct. 24-26, 2016

Register by: 9/23/16
Nov. 15-17, 2016

Register by: 10/14/16
Jan. 9-11, 2017
San Antonio

Register by: 12/9/16
Jan. 29-31, 2017

Register by: 12/23/16
Feb. 26-28, 2017

Register by: 1/26/17 

March 6-8, 2017
Crowne Plaza Dallas Galeria-Addison

Register by: 2/6/17 

Apr. 3-5, 2017

Register by: 3/3/17
S. Padre Island
Register by: 3/31/17
June 5-7, 2017
MCM Elegante Hotel

Register by: 5/5/17

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.

There is a pre-conference session, allowing for up to 4 more hours of credit. The conference is March 27-29, 2017 and will be at the Omni Southpark in AustinThe registration deadline is February 27, 2017

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 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

One Day Clerk Clinics                                   

December 1, 2016
San Angelo

Register by: 11/1/16
February 2, 2017

Register by: 1/2/17
April 20, 2017

Register by: 3/20/17

TMCEC has partnered with the Texas Court Clerks Association (TCCA) to offer more education opportunities for Texas clerks. These programs will offer topics such as authority and duties, legislative updates, case processing, and statutory reporting. Judges may also attend these clinics for "flex-time" credit.

These clinics will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no registration fee. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be no hotel rooms provided for these clinics. 


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.