There is nobody more qualified to serve as a justice of the peace than Judge Gerald A. Williams. A judge cannot apply the law if he or she does not know the law, and Judge Williams helped develop the procedures followed statewide for lawsuits, jury trials, residential evictions, constables, and DUI case processing. He now teaches these requirements to other judges and to attorneys.
The State Bar of Arizona awarded him the 2019 Justice Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence. In 2015, he received the Chief Justice's Strategic Agenda Award for Enhancing Professionalism within Arizona's Courts. Judge Williams was named the Arizona Justice of the Peace of the Year in 2013 and in 2008.
Prior to serving as a judge, Judge Williams was the staff attorney for the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct. While there he represented the commission in seven formal public cases against judges and helped review more than 500 ethics complaints against judges throughout the state of Arizona. He has also served as a staff attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Counsel's Office in Phoenix.
He received an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and earned his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While in law school, he served as managing editor of Oklahoma Law Review.
Judge Williams began his legal career in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Judge Advocate General or "JAG." As an Air Force attorney, he prosecuted and defended criminal cases and served as a medical law consultant. Judge Williams retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He has also been involved in community activities for several years and is active at Glendale First United Methodist Church. Judge Williams volunteers as a trial judge for the high school Arizona Mock Trial Tournament, as a Law Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts, at the annual Phoenix Veterans’ Stand Down, and at the annual Glendale Veterans’ Stand Up. His articles have appeared in various legal publications, including the Arizona Attorney magazine. He also writes a monthly newspaper column for The Foothills Focus. When it was being published, he also had a monthly column in 85086 Magazine.
Judge Williams continues make the legal system more efficient and cost effective through his efforts to improve best practices and court technology. He is married and has a daughter, who graduated from Arizona State University.