Professional Development Program
The Texas Center's Professional Development Program (PDP) provides a plan for the professional education and development of persons employed as court coordinators, support personnel, court administrators, and court managers. PDP also meets the educational requirements of Rule 6(a) of the Court of Criminal Appeals Rules of Judicial Education. The program consists of a core curriculum sponsored by the Texas Center for the Judiciary and developed in conjunction with the Texas Association for Court Administration. During the month of June, qualified judges and experienced court coordinators provide education in topics such as caseflow management, leadership skills, ethics, and criminal and civil procedure. 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 judges, court managers, and court administrative staff.
A Professional Development Program (PDP) information letter and application with judge’s certification are mailed to all judges and their coordinators in January. Judges may nominate only eligible court personnel for participation in PDP. All nominees must submit their authorized program application form, along with a current job description, to the Texas Center before the registration deadline. All completed applications are reviewed by a special committee, and participants are selected for the program based on individual qualifications and current responsibilities. Following the selections process, accepted applicants will be sent registration forms and more detailed information about the program.
The deadline for submitting applications is past and applications are no longer being accepted.
A PDP applicant is considered eligible and may be accepted into the program if his/her position falls into at least one of the following categories:
- Court Support Personnel (Eligible for 1st Year only). Includes court clerks, bailiffs, assistant court coordinators, or court secretaries designated by a judge to assist the court coordinator or administrator in the performance of his or her duties in the scheduling or tracking of cases on the court’s docket.
- Court Coordinator. A person who has the full-time responsibility for scheduling and tracking cases on the court’s docket and is supervised by one trial judge
- Court Manager. A person who has responsibility for performing or supervising the scheduling and tracking of cases on the court’s docket and is responsible to more than one judge or to one judge who has multi-county jurisdiction.
- Court Administrator. A person who, in addition to court management, also has total budgetary responsibilities.
Schedule at a Glance
Trial Court Coordination (1st Year): Class begins Monday, June 11 @ 3:30 pm and ends Friday, June 15 @ 11:30 am
Trial Court Management (2nd Year): Class begins Monday, June 11 @ 3:30 pm and ends Friday, June 15 @ 11:30 am
Texas Court Management (3rd & 4th Year): Class begins Sunday, June 10 @ 1:00 pm and ends Friday, June 15 @ 11:30 am