What are the basic requirements?
How do I register?
We encourage online registration. Paper registrations are still accepted by fax or mail. Visit the registration page of our website for additional information as well as registration forms.
Can I attend any 8 hours that I choose at a regional program, if I would like to utilize flex time and fulfill the remaining hours online or through other means?
No. Judges are expected to attend the entire 8 hours of Day 2 of the regional program. Judges wishing to receive 12 hours would attend Day 2 plus Day 1 or Day 3. Judges seeking the full 16 hours available will attend Days 1, 2, and 3.
Do I have to attend all 16 hours together?
For the first two years, yes. After two years of judicial education through TMCEC, municipal judges must attend 8 consecutive hours, but then may choose to use flex-time for the additional 8 hours. See the graphic below for some examples of flex-time training.
What is the TMCEC hotel room policy?
TMCEC will pay for a double occupancy room at all regional programs for those that work at least 30 miles from the conference site. Hotel rooms are available on the evening of Day 1 for all participants at grant expense. Hotel rooms are only available at grant expense on the evening of Day 2 for those participants who attend the entire 4 hours of Day 3. A $50 per night charge for single rooms will be required.
Can I attend portions of Day 1 and Day 3 and attend all of Day 2?
All judges are expected to attend the entire 8 hours of Day 2 of the regional program. Judges seeking more than 8 hours of credit will be expected to attend the entire 4 hours of Day 1 and/or Day 3. Attendance at all 4 hours of Day 3 is required to be eligible for hotel rooms on the evening of Day 2 subsidized by grant funds.
Am I required to attend more than one TMCEC educational offering annually?
No, Judges are only required to attend one live TMCEC training, and it must contain at least 8 hours of continuous live training (for those who have completed two years of training through TMCEC.) Currently, those options consist of one of ten TMCEC Regional Programs or the Traffic Safety Conference. Judges choosing the Traffic Safety Conference to satisfy their judicial education requirements must attend the entire conference for credit and to be eligible for the grant-funded housing.
Can I change how many hours I will be attending after registration?
Judges wishing to alter their registration should keep in mind that the 10-day cancellation and change rule will apply regarding whether they will be attending 8 hours or 12 hours or 16 hours. TMCEC will bill participants for no-shows or meals if judges do not attend the entire program after indicating that they would.
What TMCEC programs are approved for credit towards the additional 8 hours?
What non-TMCEC providers are approved for Judicial Education?
The below approved providers can be used towards your flex-time, for more information on flex-time click here. If you are considering using a below provider as your 8 consecutive hours, this would be considered an opt-out. To see if you qualify and for more information click here.
Approved providers include:
National, state, and local bar associations, as well as Texas law schools are also approved if courses relate to municipal courts.
How will I know if webinars are approved for judicial education?
All webinars will be clearly marked as to whether they offer Judicial Education credit, CLE credit, or both.
What documentation is necessary to show fulfillment of the 8 hours if satisfied by an approved provider other than TMCEC?
Will CLE costs vary depending on the number of hours attended?
No, the fee for the optional CLE will be $100, regardless of the number of hours of credit sought.