Last week, TMCEC hosted its annual Court Security Conference here in Austin. More than 80 court professionals from around the state joined together to hear about and discuss court security from many different angles.
In a session called The State of Court Security in Texas from Hector Gomez, Texas Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) Security Director, he mentioned that OCA has sent a survey to all 254 county courthouses in Texas regarding their court security committees. This survey has not yet been sent to municipal courts, but it will be in the coming months (likely late 2022 or early 2023).
If your court security committee has lost momentum or if it has yet to really take off, now would be a great time to get everything going.
As a reminder, the Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act of 2017 added Section 29.014 to the Government Code requiring municipal judges to establish a court security committee. To read more about establishing the committee read or download the document below.
If you have questions or need assistance, TMCEC is here. Additionally, Hector Gomez and Nicholas Barsetti with OCA are amazing resources. Below is a description of how they may be able to help you and your court.