Texas Supreme Court Issues 29th Emergency Order: What Municipal Courts Need to Know

Issued November 11, 2020, the 29th Emergency Order is effective immediately and expires February 1, 2021. The order, signed by Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht (with Justice Blacklock dissenting), extends the 26th Emergency Order with amendments. All Courts All courts may without consent of participants:• Modify or suspend all deadlines and procedures for a statedContinue reading “Texas Supreme Court Issues 29th Emergency Order: What Municipal Courts Need to Know”

Virtual Regional Seminars Are In Full Swing

Here at TMCEC, we are now more than two months into the new Academic Year, and court personnel are in the midst of completing required continuing education. At the end of October, TMCEC hosted their first ever Virtual Regional Seminars. Over 140 judges and clerks attended the seminars, and everything went very smoothly. Mark GoodnerContinue reading “Virtual Regional Seminars Are In Full Swing”

TMCEC Opens Registration for Fall Events!

The 2021 Academic Year began this month, and TMCEC is busy with preparations for another year of excellent educational offerings. Due to the uncertainties of face-to-face training possibilities because of COVID-19, TMCEC has shifted from a single Academic Catalog to quarterly Academic Schedules. The first installment, AY 2021 Fall TMCEC Academic Schedule (September 1, 2020Continue reading “TMCEC Opens Registration for Fall Events!”

New Rule Regarding Firearm Admonishments Effective Today 9/1/2020

The Texas Judicial Council adopted a new Chapter (176) and a new rule regarding firearm admonishments in the Texas Administrative Code. Under the new rule, a trial court must inform a person of his or her ineligibility to possess a firearm or ammunition when the person, by entry of an order of judgment, becomes byContinue reading “New Rule Regarding Firearm Admonishments Effective Today 9/1/2020”

TMCEC Wraps Up Its First Virtual Traffic Safety Conference

TMCEC’s first Virtual Traffic Safety Conference comes to an end tomorrow. It was a new experience for us and for most of the participants. Mark Goodner sat down (virtually) with TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, Ned Minevitz, to ask some questions about the conference. MG: Ned, the Virtual Traffic Safety Conference is wrapping upContinue reading “TMCEC Wraps Up Its First Virtual Traffic Safety Conference”

Municipal Judge Kirk Noaker Shares COVID-19 Experience

Burnet County Magistrate, Municipal Judge, and TMCEC faculty member Kirk Noaker spoke with Austin radio station KBEY yesterday about his experiences of falling ill and recovering from COVID-19. Judge Noaker experienced a multitude of symptoms starting with a loss of taste and smell. After being tested, it took about a week to get the testContinue reading “Municipal Judge Kirk Noaker Shares COVID-19 Experience”

BREAKING NEWS: FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TMCEC to Focus Exclusively on Distance Learning for Remainder of AY 2020 No More Waiting on COVID-19: More Certainty in Uncertain Times Dear Judges and Court Personnel: Because your safety, and the safety of our faculty and staff remain our top concern, TMCEC will not conduct “in-person” events for the remainder of this academic yearContinue reading “BREAKING NEWS: FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR”

No, Not THAT Citation! Municipal Courts Not Required to Enter Criminal Citations into New Website

A new website offering citation by publication went live on July 1, 2020, but it doesn’t pertain to the type of citation we are used to handling in Texas municipal courts. Citations (as class C misdemeanor charging instruments) are not required to be entered into the website. Rather, the website pertains to civil matters. ArticleContinue reading “No, Not THAT Citation! Municipal Courts Not Required to Enter Criminal Citations into New Website”

Important COVID-19 Resources from OCA

COVID-19 led to significant changes for Texas municipal courts. One excellent resource for information from the Office of Court Administration (OCA) is the Texas Judicial Branch home page at txcourts.gov. On the page, you will find links to all COVID-19 information at the top of the Announcements Box. Included in the Announcements box are linksContinue reading “Important COVID-19 Resources from OCA”

Waiver of Fines and Costs: A Recent History

The waiver of fines and costs has long been a tool for judges when dealing with defendants that have an inability to pay. When and how waiver can be used, however, has changed drastically in the last two legislative sessions. In this entry, we will look at the evolution of waiver before and after recentContinue reading “Waiver of Fines and Costs: A Recent History”