Experience Educational Freedom with TMCEC Webinars

Frequently Asked Questions What is a webinar? A webinar is an educational course or class that is taught entirely online. TMCEC webinars are designed to be single-issue courses that are generally one hour long. What makes TMCEC webinars a unique learning experience? TMCEC webinars are designed to cater especially to municipal court personnel by coveringContinue reading “Experience Educational Freedom with TMCEC Webinars”

From the Archives: The Eight Purposes of Courts

This morning, my colleague, TMCEC Deputy Counsel Robby Chapman, presented a webinar on Records. In his introductory remarks he mentioned the Eight Purposes of Courts from Ernie Friesen. In September 2016, I wrote the following about the purposes on an earlier version of this blog. In the wake of this morning’s webinar, now is theContinue reading “From the Archives: The Eight Purposes of Courts”

Understanding the 36th Emergency Order

TMCEC General Counsel Mark Goodner and Deputy Counsel Robby Chapman discuss The Supreme Court’s 36th Emergency Order and the OCA webinar offered on the topic on March 8, 2021. MG: In the wake of the Governor’s order last week, The Supreme Court issued the 36th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster on Friday,Continue reading “Understanding the 36th Emergency Order”

TMCEC Unveils New and Improved Website

Mark Goodner, TMCEC General Counsel and Director of Education, sat down with Regan Metteauer, TMCEC Deputy Director, and Patty Thamez, TMCEC Information Technology & Operations Specialist, to discuss TMCEC’s new website design. MG: March 1, 2021 marked the unveiling of TMCEC’s new website. I love the new look and organization of it, and I’ve heardContinue reading “TMCEC Unveils New and Improved Website”

Court Guidance After Governor Abbott Lifts Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions

Governor Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-34 yesterday (March 2, 2021) relating to the COVID-19 disaster. For many court personnel, the new order raised questions about the effect, if any, on court operations. Thankfully, the Office of Court Administration quickly sent out COVID Update #20. If you did not receive it, I have pasted theContinue reading “Court Guidance After Governor Abbott Lifts Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions”

TMCEC Announces All Virtual Training Through July 31, 2021

Mark Goodner, TMCEC General Counsel and Director of Education, sat down with Ryan Turner, TMCEC Executive Director, to discuss the rest of the TMCEC’s Academic Year. MG: Good afternoon, Ryan. Last week, you announced to all of our constituent groups that there will be no in-person training from TMCEC through at least July 31, 2021.Continue reading “TMCEC Announces All Virtual Training Through July 31, 2021”

Local Health Authorities

Texas municipal court personnel have spent nearly a year in some form of modified operations since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold around the world. Courts planning to commence in-person proceedings must first submit an operating plan (and a plan for recertification) to the Regional Presiding Judge. Presiding judges of a municipal court must, as partContinue reading “Local Health Authorities”

OCA Update Amidst Historic Winter Storm

As Texas struggles to safely emerge from an historic winter storm, we know many of you are dealing with significant challenges. On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, David Slayton, Administrative Director of the Courts with the Office of Court Administration sent the following update. We are posting here in case you did not receive it. StayContinue reading “OCA Update Amidst Historic Winter Storm”

Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration COVID-19 Waiver End Dates Announced by DPS, DMV

In March 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced via two press releases that, due to the pandemic, certain rules related to expired driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations were suspended. Detailed information about these waivers can be viewed on TMCEC’s COVID-19 Update page, located at http://www.tmcec.com/calendar/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-update/. In both press releases, Governor Abbott gave the applicable agencies discretionContinue reading “Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration COVID-19 Waiver End Dates Announced by DPS, DMV”

What’s the Current State of Registration and Driver License Offenses in Texas?

Today TMCEC General Counsel and Director of Education, Mark Goodner, sat down virtually with Ned Minevitz, TMCEC TxDOT Grant Administrator and Program Attorney, to discuss an issue that, since March, has been frequently asked on TMCEC’s 800-line for legal questions: “What’s the current state of vehicle registration and driver license offenses in Texas?” MG: Ned,Continue reading “What’s the Current State of Registration and Driver License Offenses in Texas?”