North Valley Justice of the Peace Gerald A. Williams was appointed in April 2004.
He was then elected to his current position in the fall of 2004, and was re-elected
in 2006, 2010, and 2014. He is a former Associate Presiding Justice of the Peace of
the Maricopa County Justice Courts.
Prior to his appointment, 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.
Judge Williams 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.
Judge Williams is actively involved in efforts to improve the judicial branch. He
served on committees that wrote the Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure, the
Rules of Procedure for Eviction Actions, and the rules for the Constable Ethics,
Standards, and Training Board. Judge Williams is a faculty member for the Arizona
New Judge Orientation Course and also served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s DUI
Case Processing Committee.
In June 2019, the State Bar of Arizona award him the Justice Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence.
Along with two other judges, Judge Williams received the Chief Justice’s 2015 Strategic Agenda Award for Enhancing Professionalism within Arizona’s Courts.
He was named the 2013 Arizona Justice of the Peace of the Year.
He has also been involved in community activities for several years. He is active in the American Legion and at the First United Methodist Church in Glendale.
Judge Williams volunteers as a trial judge for the high school Arizona Mock Trial Tournament and as a Law Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts.
His articles have appeared in various legal publications, including the Arizona Attorney magazine. He also writes a monthly newspaper and magazine column.
- Began legal career as a Judge Advocate General or "JAG".
- Served as the staff attorney for the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct.
- Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.
- Named 2013 Justice of the Peace of the Year
- Awarded the 2019 Justice Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence