DWI Conference

The 2014 DWI Conference is a continuing education program funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. The DWI Conference provides an ideal forum for DWI Court teams and student conduct officers to share information and explore best practices in an effort to reduce the number of impaired driving crashes and fatalities in Texas.

Child Welfare Conference

The 2014 Child Welfare Judicial Conference is a continuing judicial education conference funded by a grant from the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and is dedicated to providing specialized training to Texas judges who hear child protection cases.  This conference will present up-to-date research and information on current issues in child welfare, provide…

Civil Justice Conference

The Texas Center is pleased to offer the 2014 Civil Justice Conference designed especially for Texas judges with civil jurisdiction by the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s Curriculum Committee. The conference is generously funded by a grant from the Court of Criminal Appeals, as well as the Texas Judicial Foundation.

For their attendance, participants will earn nine 9 hours of…

Professional Development Program

Applications for first and second year participants of the Professional Development Program (PDP) have been mailed! Each year, the Texas Center sponsors PDP for eligible trial court administrators, managers, and coordinators. PDP is a labor-intensive, week-long program that includes more than 25 hours of classroom instruction and incorporates the National Association for Court Management Core Competencies for presiding and supervising…

Criminal Justice Conference

The Criminal Justice Conference is a continuing judicial education program designed especially for Texas judges by the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s Curriculum Committee and funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. For their attendance, participants will earn nine (9.00) continuing judicial education credits.

Texas College for Judicial Studies

The 2014 Texas College for Judicial Studies is scheduled for May 5-9, 2014. The Core Curriculum will be offered the 5th, 6th and 7th. Specialty will be the 8th and 9th. Registration is now open for new students and alumni.

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Texas Pattern Jury Charges Now Available to Judges **At No Charge**

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It is a pleasure to confirm that the multiple volumes of the Texas Pattern Jury Charge——civil and criminal—are now available to the Texas judiciary through the website of the Texas Center for the Judiciary. This result is possible through the cooperation and hard work of a number of persons working on behalf of the Center, TexasBarBooks, the State Bar of Texas, and the PJC.

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Texas College for Judicial Studies

May 05-09, 2014

Sheraton Austin Capitol | Austin, TX

Cost: $60.00

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Criminal Justice

May 15-16, 2014

Hilton Bella Harbor | Rockwall, TX

Cost: $60.00

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CPC Coordinators' Meeting

June 9, 2014

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines | Lost Pines, TX

Cost: $0.00

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Child Welfare Conference

June 09-11, 2014

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines | Lost Pines, TX

Cost: $0.00

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Professional Development Program

June 15-20, 2014

Embassy Suites San Marcos | San Marcos, TX

Cost: $160.00

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The Texas Center for the Judiciary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to provide outstanding judicial education to Texas judges so that a qualified and knowledgeable judiciary and staff may administer justice with fairness, efficiency, and integrity.  Since its creation on January 1, 1973, the Texas Center has served as the primary source of judicial education for all…

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