Judicial Branch Certification Commission

Public Comment Request 

The Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) requests comments on the following proposed Rules of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission and Code of Ethics and Minimum Standards for Guardianship Services.

This rule amendment to Court Reporter section 6.1, Definitions, addresses proposed changes to JBCC Rule 6.1(d) (HB 3774) expanding definitions to include new categories of court reporter certifications; apprentice and provisional.

This rule amendment to Guardianship section 7.1, Definitions, and new section 7.10 (SB 1129) addresses proposed changes to JBCC Rule 7.1(i) and (j) and adds JBCC Rule section 7.10, Guardianship Mediator Training Approval Process, that requires the Office of Court Administration to establish a 24 hour guardianship mediator training course.

This rule amendment to Guardianship section 7.2, Requirement of Certification, addresses proposed changes to JBCC Rule 7.2(b)(4) concerning work experience, education and training requirements for certified guardians with approval of degree plan (e.g. degree plan offered by Baylor University Garland School of Social Work). This rule change adds a new option for fulfilling educational prerequisites. There is also a provision for guardians who provide services on behalf of the Health and Human Services Commission.

This rule amendment to JBCC Rules, Fees of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission, addresses proposed fee increases to the court reporter exam fees collected by the contractor administering the exam. Part A (skills test) is increased from $125 to $175 (increase of $50) and Part B (written exam) is increased from $75 to $100 (increase of $25).

These rule amendments to section 1, Applicability, and section 23, Definitions, Code of Ethics and Minimum Standards for Guardianship Services, inserts the term “guardianship program” in Minimum Standards sections 1 and 23(k) for purposes of clarification.

This rule amendment to Code of Ethics and Minimum Standards for Guardianship Services 21(c) changes the maximum number of wards assigned to a guardian from 50 or more wards to 40 or more wards, before the guardian must report the situation to the Certification Division Director of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission.

Comments must be submitted in writing by 5:00 p.m. on September 20, 2021 to the Supreme Court of Texas at P.O. Box 12248, Austin, Texas 78711, or by email to:
rulescomments@txcourts.gov, Attn: Public Comments.

Comments received will be publicly available and may be posted to the JBCC website. The Supreme Court will consider comments received.