- TMCA is the parent association of the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC)
- TMCA administers grant funds to train and educate judges and court support personnel from Fund 540 (The Judicial & Court Personnel Training Fund)
- Fund 540 authorizes municipal courts to collect $2 on each case to train and educate municipal judges and court support personnel
- TMCEC trained 4,461 judges and court personnel in 2015
- In 2015, municipal courts collected $5,313,586.33 in Fund 540. However, TMCEC received only $1.6 million for judicial education and training.
- Municipal courts handled 5,692,271 cases in 2014, involving violations of the Transportation Code, Penal Code, Alcohol and Beverage Code, Education Code, Health and Safety Code, Parks and Wildlife Code, and city ordinances
- There are 158 municipal courts of record
- 926 Municipal Courts in Texas
- 1,288 Municipal Court Judges
- There are more 5,000+ Court Administrators, Coordinators, Clerks, Juvenile Case Managers and Teen Court specialists
- $713,716.151 in fines and costs were assessed by municipal courts in 2014
- Municipal judges comprise 40% of the Judiciary
- 61% of municipal judges are trained lawyers and 56% are licensed attorneys; 44% are non-attorney judges
- 99% of municipal judges are appointed by local governments; 1% are elected by city-wide vote
- Municipal courts handled 130,605 juvenile cases (ages 10-16) in 2014. By contrast, State juvenile courts handled only 20,730 cases.
What Municipal Courts Do: Jail magistrations, arraignments, examining trials, pre-trial hearings, bench and/or jury trials, show cause hearings, indigence hearings, mental health hearings, dangerous dog hearings, code enforcement hearings (i.e., junk vehicles, animals, weeds, debris, signs, etc), sub-standard structures hearings, school attendance hearings, driver's license suspension hearings, stolen property hearings, bond revocation hearings; review probable cause affidavits and issue search, inspection, seizure and arrest warrants; issue emergency protective orders, ignition interlock orders, community service orders, expunction orders, record retention and destruction orders.
TMCA has more than 1,000 members across Texas from El Paso to Texarkana and from Amarillo to South Padre Island. We care about our cities and are dedicated to preserving the quality of life in the communities in which we serve. We are involved and we vote!
Data Sources: Texas Judicial Branch's Annual Statistical Report for the Texas Judiciary FY14
OCA's Profile of Appellate and Trial Judges September 1, 2015
Comptroller of Public Accounts Request #12027757246
Texas Municipal Courts Education Center