The Texas Judicial Academy (TJA) is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) and the Texas Tech University School of Law. Its mission is to ensure judicial excellence through providing education and resources for the constitutional county courts of Texas.
The goals of the TJA:
- Provide continuing education for judges and court personnel through a wide variety of education opportunities like seminars, conferences, roundtable discussions, courses and more;
- Provide resources for judges and court personnel through annual updating and revision of County Court Bench Manual;
- Recognize judges who exceed the minimum continuing judicial education requirements;
- Identify new and emerging social, criminal, administrative and technology trends that affect courts; and
- Foster and encourage a dialogue between the bench, bar and public concerning issues of judicial excellence.
Since 1984, the County Judges Education Advisory Committee (CJEAC) has supported judicial education programs for constitutional county judges and is composed of county judges representing various geographic regions of the state and a professor from the Texas Tech University School of Law. After the committee joined TAC and then partnered with the Texas Tech University School of Law in the mid 1990’s, the TJA was developed as the encompassing center for judicial education for constitutional county judges.
The CJEAC currently acts as the repository and reporting agent of information on the judicial education hours of individual county judges and administers the judicial education grants that fund their training opportunities. They are also responsible for approving all TAC sponsored judicial education sessions and serving in an advisory capacity to other organizations conducting education for county judges.