SPOTLIGHT

We are rolling out a new “Spotlight” series on our blog. Each month, we will post an interview of someone from a justice court or constable office. Here is our first one!

Judge Clyde “Bubba” Howse

Justice of the Peace, Medina County Precinct 3

Judge Howse

  1. Tell us a bit about your background.

I was born and raised in the Air Force. I was born at Ft. Clayton, Panama Canal Zone. I have lived in Panama, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. I graduated from Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. After almost two years at the University of Corpus Christi, I worked in the oil field. When the oil field shut down, I moved to Sherman, Texas where I was the Golf Course Superintendent at the Grayson County Golf Course for 9 years. I took some Turf Science and Pest Control classes at the Golf Course and I was asked to apply to be an Investigator for the Texas Pest Control Board and EPA. I received that job and covered 27 counties in the East Texas area. There were some big changes in the Texas Pest Control Board and EPA, so I went to work for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in the Jail. While on vacation in Hondo, Texas I visited with the Sheriff of Medina County and then moved to Medina County and worked with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office as a Jailer and Animal Control Officer for 7 years.

  1. What made you decide to become a Judge?

I have been very interested in Law Enforcement and the Law for many years. I was getting a warrant for an animal seizure from Judge George Ernst, Justice of the Peace Pct. 3, and he told me that he would be retiring after 28 years in office and told me I should run for his office. After much prayer, I ran and won. I took office January 2011 and I am on my third term.

  1. What is something innovative, interesting, or fun your office does?

The four Justice of the Peace offices (Clerks and Judges) in Medina County have a quarterly meeting to discuss office issues, law changes, and how to handle these changes. We invite other offices that might be involved with these same issues or changes. We have had conversations about Mental Health and Magistration, Inquests, Courtesy Letters, and Video Magistration, to name a few. We have had Rebecca Glisan from TJCTC come and talk about the Bond Conditions on DWI Magistration. We have invited Pretrial Services, the Department of Public Safety, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, jail staff, deputies, Net Data (JP software), MVBA ( collection agency), the Chief of Police from the towns in Medina County, MHDD (Mental Health staff), the County Judge, the Auditor, and other elected officials to come to these meetings and be a part of our conversation. These are informal meetings where everyone can voice their opinions. They are very good trainings and informative meetings.

  1. What is the best part about your job?

The best part of my job is the people I work with. I have the best clerks in the state. I am blessed to have a good working relationship with the other JPs and their clerks. We have good county officials to work with. I enjoy serving the people of Medina County.

Fees and Costs Clarification

Many courts have expressed confusion about the changes to the State Traffic Fine and when it goes into effect. The $20 increase (from $30 to $50) should be applied to all offenses that occur on or after September 1, 2019. It is important to make sure that any update to the software system that your court uses is implementing this change correctly.

You can find more details on the TJCTC Fees & Costs Cheat Sheet.

Also note that there was a typo on the first version of the Cheat Sheet that was emailed out, regarding the effective date of the Time Payment Reimbursement Fee changes. The most updated version can be found at the link below.

TJCTC Legal Department

Click here to download the Fees and Costs Cheat Sheet

or visit our Legislative Update webpage for more information.

 

Newly Certified Clerks – Galveston Seminar

The Justice Court Clerk Certification Program allows experienced justice court clerks to demonstrate their knowledge of statutes, procedures, and ethical guidelines applicable to Texas justice courts. Justice court clerks who pass an examination receive certification as a Certified Clerk or a Master Certified Clerk.

The following clerks attended the Galveston seminar in February 2019 and passed their certification exams:


  • Master Certified Clerks
    • Nikki Ashley – Johson County
    • Evelyn Butler – Montgomery County
    • Hailey Clark – Harris County
    • Kristy Goodspeed – Hill County
    • Catalina Mainheit – Fort Bend County
    • Roxana Pantoja – Collin County
    • Kacey Wymack – Fort Bend County

  • Level 1 Certified Clerks – Criminal
    • Erica Baird – Fort Bend County
    • Taylor Christian – Brazoria County
    • Sandra Fails – Polk County
    • Rosa Gallegos – El Paso County
    • Melanie Guzman – Hidalgo County
    • Angie Ibarra – Waller County
    • Christi Johnson – Bandera County
    • Vicky Page – Chambers County
    • Sharon Patterson – Polk County
    • Evie Perez – Harris County
    • Melissa Ringo – Montgomery County
    • Claudia Sanchez Costillo – Kaufman County
    • Roxana Sifuentes – Galveston County
    • Teri Stout – Parker County
    • Valeria Villacorta – Harris County
    • Brooke Moore Wiggins – Collin County
    • Sharon Williams – Brazoria County

  • Level 1 Certified Clerk – Civil
    • Justin Bonds – Hill County
    • Katherine Bouse – Jefferson County
    • Loren Donaldson – Brazoria County
    • Jessica Mosqueda – Harris County
    • Tatiana Raya – Montgomery County
    • Stephanie Solis – Medina County
    • Melanie White – Johnson County

Congratulations to all of our newly certified clerks!!!

Newly Certified Clerks – San Marcos Fall Seminar

The Justice Court Clerk Certification Program allows experienced justice court clerks to demonstrate their knowledge of statutes, procedures, and ethical guidelines applicable to Texas justice courts. Justice court clerks who pass an examination receive certification as a Certified Clerk or a Master Certified Clerk.

The following clerks attended the San Marcos seminar in November 2018 and passed their certification exams:


  • Master Certified Clerks
    • Kelly Kinsinger – Travis County
    • Eva Romero – Maverick County
    • Brandy Wood – Johnson County

  • Level 1 Certified Clerks – Criminal
    • Stacy Allen – Denton County
    • Donna Busse – Grimes County
    • Lorraine Camacho-Rodriguez – Travis County
    • Tracy Casiano – Bexar County
    • Leticia Gonzales Lopez – Karnes County
    • Sandi Hollinger – Nueces County
    • Lakeisha Lowe – Dallas County
    • Vanessa Thompson – Bowie County

  • Level 1 Certified Clerks – Civil
    • Kristine Bode – Guadalupe County
    • Shelbie Carwile – Guadalupe County
    • Kristy Gonzalez – Bexar County
    • Kimberly Moya – Bexar County
    • Jacqueline Parchem – Waller County
    • Cassie Wise – Bandera County

Congratulations to all of our newly certified clerks!!!