Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Peggy Walker will be installed as President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges July 15th in Chicago at the National Council’s Annual Convention.
The Mission of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is to provide all Judges, Courts, and related agencies involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the families and children who seek justice.
Judge Walker has served as Judge of the Juvenile Court of Douglas County since 1998, and served as Associate Judge and Judge Pro Tempore from 1990 - 1998. Prior to that, she was in private practice.
A graduate of Georgia State University College of Law with honors, Judge Walker is a member of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Chair of the Georgia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and Georgia CASA Board of Directors.
She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Council from 2005 to the present.
As Juvenile Court Judge, she implemented a Family Drug Treatment Program which serves parents with substance abuse problems who have children from birth to age five. This program has offered counseling and treatment to adults who are Court-assigned to give them an alternative to incarceration and a chance to become a productive member of society. Her Court received Federal funding to join the Zero to Three Court Teams Project in 2010, and that work continues to ensure that infants and toddlers in Douglas County get the best start possible.
Judge Walker also teaches law students, attorneys, case workers, Judges and others interested in Juvenile and Family Law on subjects as diverse as complex trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, and resiliency in families and children.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners recently recognized Judge Walker and congratulated her on her election as President of the National Council.