The Texas Judicial Academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties County Judges Education Committee and the Texas Tech University School of Law.
The New Judges Orientation is a great opportunity for newly elected judges to meet their peers and other professionals in judicial education. New judges will become acquainted with and proficient in conducting trials and other courtroom procedures, along with managing court dockets, handling court records, dealing with mental commitments, juvenile procedures and maintaining decorum in the court room. Our goal is for judges to leave the presentation with ample knowledge and confidence to effectively perform the duties of their office.
Topics to be addressed include:
Preside over the criminal case including the arraignment, pretrial matters, guilty pleas, and sentencing, bench or jury trials;
Conduct their own legal research including material available in the county law library, the “Bench Book,” and various legal resource sites available on the Internet;
Understand how to recognize and be able to carry out the county judge’s leadership role in and out of the courtroom;
Understand and be confident in handling civil, criminal, probate, and mental health issues that may come before the Court; and
Fully comprehend and be able to comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct.
This program is partially funded by a Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund Grant administered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Judges may be reimbursed for attendance of any TAC-sponsored judicial education and/or Texas College of Probate Judges in accordance with the grant guide lines. For more information please call Michele Mund at (800) 456-5974.
Who Should Attend?
All county judges with judicial duties who were elected in the 2014 general election, and any judge elected or appointed since Jan. 1 2011.