For more information on individual publications see below:
Featuring both historic and contemporary issues, The Municipal Judges Book critically analyzes the nature of municipal courts and the judge’s role in the Texas criminal justice system. An ideal textbook for new judges and others interested in procedural and substantive laws impacting Texas municipal courts, the content includes (1) an introduction to municipal courts and the Texas judicial system, (2) judgments, indigence, and enforcement, (3) rights of the accused and victims, (4) contempt, (5) the adjudication of juveniles in municipal court, (6) judicial ethics, and (7) legal research. Revised 2011. $25.00
The TMCEC Bench Book is a reference guide for Texas municipal judges serving in their capacity as trial court judges and magistrates. The publication consists of 17 chapters containing over 100 checklists aimed to assist municipal judges and magistrates in every part of their decision-making process. It is designed for quick reference and contains scripts and easy-to-follow procedural guidelines as well as references to applicable statutes, Attorney General Opinions, and case law.
The 2013 Bench Book incorporates updated case law, changes made by the 83rd Legislature, and new checklists regarding recusal and disqualification of judges, confidentiality of juvenile records, and animal hearings.
The TMCEC Forms Book provides over 250 ready-to-use forms, notices, letters, warnings, and ordinances specific for use by municipal judges, court clerks, and municipal prosecutors. These forms may be modified to suit the individual needs of each court.
The 2013 Forms Book (Eleventh Edition) contains 16 new or updated forms, reflecting changes from the 83rd Legislature. New forms include a search warrant and affidavit for fire, health, and code inspections, a magistrate’s record of service of order of emergency protection, an order of waiver of surcharges for indigent defendants, a waiver of payment of fine and costs for indigent defendants and children, a defendant’s waiver of option to discharge fine or costs by performing community service, a waiver of jurisdiction and transfer to juvenile court for a child with mental illness, disability, or lack of capacity, an order dismissing a complaint for a child with mental illness, disability, or lack of capacity, and a bill of costs..
The Quick Trial Reference and Rules of Evidence handbooks were created to condense critical information for conducting a bench or jury trial. Updated in September 2013. Order copies directly from TMCEC: $10.00 each.
The Texas Class C and Fine-only Misdemeanors handbook (the "Green Book") represents a comprehensive effort to compile all Class C, fine-only criminal offenses under state law. Covering 26 codes and containing roughly 1,300 offenses, it includes statutory cites for both the offense and penalty provision(s), the fine or fine range for each offense, DPS reporting codes for those offenses that have assigned codes, and notes those offenses that are enhanceable or for which circumstances would heighten the punishment category. A new appendix contains the list of moving violations promulgated by DPS in the Texas Administrative Code. The 2013 edition also contains indices with traffic offense and Penal Code offense titles that correlate with those indices contained in the Texas Criminal and Traffic Law Manual. $10.00
The Court Interpreters' Municipal Court Legal Glossary is a combination of the Spanish glossary and definitions provided by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for those studying to be licensed court interpreters. Order copies directly from TMCEC: $10.00 each.