New judges must obtain 30 credit hours in their first 12 months and 1.33 hours (16 hours/12 months) for each month afterward until the end of the current reporting period. (When calculating total, round to nearest whole number.)
The judicial reporting period for continuing education is the Texas state fiscal year, Sept. 1, 2023 through Aug. 31, 2024.
The Texas Association of Counties is the official registrar and permanent contact for county judges’ hours.
Programs that Qualify
Any judicial education program that meets the requirements of Rule 2 of the Rules of Judicial Education as promulgated by the Court of Criminal Appeals and approved by the County Judges Education Committee.
Filing for Credit
A judge's Certification for Credit form must be completed by the judge and returned to the Texas Association of Counties upon completion of an approved program. Forms are available from the program sponsor.
Government Code, Section 74.025 (effective Sept. 1, 1987)
County Judges Education Committee
Texas Association of Counties
1210 San Antonio
Austin, TX 78701
Open Government Training Information
Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website.
County Official Organizations
The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy.
The affiliate associations for this office:
County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
Panhandle County Judges & Commissioners Association
South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association