2022 Impaired Driving Symposium

This week, municipal judges, justices of the peace, county judges, and district judges from across Texas gathered in Bee Cave and literally sat at the same table to discuss their roles and responsibilities within the lifespan of an impaired driving case. The annual two-day Impaired Driving Symposium’s roundtable setup facilitates networking and troubleshooting between judgesContinue reading “2022 Impaired Driving Symposium”

Not Responsible for Broken Windshields!

This piece arose out of a conversation amongst TMCEC attorneys, Ben Gibbs researched the issue. This is what he found. “If I stay back 201 feet, are you responsible for my broken windshield?”  There are signs on the backs of almost every truck that say something very much like “Stay back 200 feet! Not responsibleContinue reading “Not Responsible for Broken Windshields!”

From the 800 Line: Temporary Tags

In 2021, the Texas Legislature passed H.B. 3927 to combat the prevalence of unauthorized temporary motor vehicle tags. Valid temporary tags allow vehicles to be legally operated without registration (typically following a vehicle purchase). Much of H.B. 3927 focused on the creation and distribution of counterfeit temporary tags, which would result in Class B misdemeanorContinue reading “From the 800 Line: Temporary Tags”

The Right to Counsel vs. The Right to Appointed Counsel

In criminal prosecutions, the accused has the right to be represented by counsel, to be heard by the accused or by counsel, or both. This right is enshrined in Article 1, Section 10 of the Texas Constitution and in Chapter 1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. However, the right to representation is not theContinue reading “The Right to Counsel vs. The Right to Appointed Counsel”

Three Weeks Left Until the End of the Academic Year!

There are only three weeks left the end of the 2022 Academic Year, which is also the deadline for completing judicial education hours. If you are a judge still needing some hours, there are still plenty of options remaining to complete your hours. In-Person TMCEC Conferences If you would like an in-person educational experience, TMCECContinue reading “Three Weeks Left Until the End of the Academic Year!”

Clerk Certification Highlight: Jennifer Bozorgnia

Mark Goodner sat down with Jennifer Bozorgnia to discuss The Municipal Court Clerk Certification Program MG: Jennifer, thanks for sitting down with me today to discuss clerk certification. With a goal of encouraging professional development and educational growth within the court clerk profession, program participants achieve certification upon successful completion of each of the threeContinue reading “Clerk Certification Highlight: Jennifer Bozorgnia”

Resource Highlight: Dual Office-Holding Made Easy

TMCEC often receives requests for information about dual office-holding. If you ever encounter these concerns, we first strongly suggest that you contact the city attorney with employment questions. In the end, legal advice about who a city employs and how should come from your own attorney, who may be familiar with confidential matters to whichContinue reading “Resource Highlight: Dual Office-Holding Made Easy”

From the 800 Line: Corporate Defendants

TMCEC staff attorneys answer legal questions on the 800 line (1.800.252.3718) every weekday. Below is a question received this week, a summary of TMCEC’s response, and some helpful resources. 800 Line Question: Our court has a backlog of violations issued to corporations and associations. Is it true that we cannot issue warrants for corporations? IfContinue reading “From the 800 Line: Corporate Defendants”

TMCEC’s 2022 Mental Health Conference is Two Weeks Away!

Mark Goodner sat down with Regan Metteauer to discuss TMCEC’s upcoming Mental Health Conference MG: Regan, the Mental Health Conference is quickly approaching. If I’m not mistaken, this will be our fourth Mental Health Conference—they began in 2016 and we have had them every two years. For those that have never been, can you tellContinue reading “TMCEC’s 2022 Mental Health Conference is Two Weeks Away!”

S.B. 6 Training Deadline: 90 Days or December 1, 2022?

Any municipal judge or magistrate has certainly heard about or discussed all of the bail-related changes as a result of S.B. 6 passing in August of 2021. TMCEC and other judicial training entities have offered and continue to offer training that satisfies Art. 17.024 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, as added by S.B. 6.Continue reading “S.B. 6 Training Deadline: 90 Days or December 1, 2022?”