Judge Williams reappointed to the Commission on Specialized Dockets
Published: March 6, 2017
AKRON––The Ohio Supreme Court has reappointed Akron Municipal Court Judge Annalisa S. Williams as a member of the Commission on Specialized Dockets, serving as a representative of the Association of Municipal and County Judges of Ohio as a judge of a municipal court assigned to a mental health docket.
This reappointment is for a three-year term which began Jan. 1, 2017 and ends Dec. 31, 2019.
Judge Williams has served on the bench since 2003 and has presided over the Akron Municipal Mental Health Court since 2005. She is passionate about working with the mentally ill that are involved in the criminal justice system.
While pursuing this passion, the Akron Municipal Mental Health Court was designated one of five original learning sites by the Bureau of Justice and Assistance and the Council of State Governments. This designation allows other courts to learn how to operate a mental health court from Akron Municipal Court.
In 2009, Judge Williams was appointed to a newly created 15 member advisory specialized docket commission by former Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.
In 2014, the Akron Mental Health Court received a three year certification by the Ohio Supreme Court to operate as a problem-solving court.
The following year, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor appointed Judge Williams to the Commission on Specialized Dockets.
Judge Williams said she wishes to thank Chief Justice O’Connor for this reappointment and for her continued trust in her to serve in this capacity.
“I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made over the last 15 years, but we still have a long way to go toward reducing the stigma of mental illness in this country,” she said.