What is the Status of your Court Security Committee?

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) SecurityContinue reading “What is the Status of your Court Security Committee?”

Texas Supreme Court Issues 51st Emergency Order

Yesterday (May 25, 2022), The Supreme Court of Texas issued the 51st Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster. The 51st Order renews the 49th Order with some amendments. Of note, all courts in Texas may, without a participant’s consent allow or require anyone involved in any hearing or other proceeding of any kindContinue reading “Texas Supreme Court Issues 51st Emergency Order”

Texas Supreme Court Has Issued Its 45th Emergency Order

On November 23, 2021, the Texas Supreme Court issued the 45th Emergency Order. As of today, it is not accessible on the txcourts.gov website and has not, to my knowledge, been emailed out to court personnel by OCA. It was emailed to attorneys by the state bar, however. The pdf of the 45th order hasContinue reading “Texas Supreme Court Has Issued Its 45th Emergency Order”

TMCEC Retools and Retitles Low Volume Seminar as “Fundamentals: Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Legislative Changes”

Mark Goodner sat down with Ryan Turner and Elizabeth Rozacky to discuss the upcoming “Fundamentals” Seminar. MG: When I first started at TMCEC, I was able to attend what was the last Low Volume Seminar of 2008. After that, we kept the seminar in the archives so-to-speak for a dozen years. Thankfully, we brought itContinue reading “TMCEC Retools and Retitles Low Volume Seminar as “Fundamentals: Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Legislative Changes””

Supreme Court of Texas Issues 43rd Emergency Order

We are a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no clear end in sight. As long as the state of disaster endures, the Supreme Court is empowered to issue emergency orders. Last week, on September 21, 2021, the Supreme Court of Texas issued the 43rd Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19Continue reading “Supreme Court of Texas Issues 43rd Emergency Order”

Supreme Court Issues 38th Emergency Order, Updates Best Practices

Yesterday the Office of Court Administration sent out COVID UPDATE #25 with links to the new 38th Emergency Order as well as the new best practice recommendations for health considerations. If you are a municipal court professional and not on the email list, I have pasted the message below in its entirety. Judges, Clerks, andContinue reading “Supreme Court Issues 38th Emergency Order, Updates Best Practices”

Abbott Issues Executive Order GA-36, OCA Responds

On May 18, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-36 relating to the prohibition of governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster. This new order raised questions about how this prohibition impacted courts. Once again, the Office of Court Administration quickly sent out COVIDContinue reading “Abbott Issues Executive Order GA-36, OCA Responds”

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”