Several Tyler area residents learned about the state judicial process Thursday night with the help of a Dallas County district court judge.
Judge Staci Williams, of the 101st District Court, brought her Citizens’ Civil Academy to Tyler to share her expertise on the Texas civil court system and legal advice.
The event was sponsored by the NAACP Tyler Branch at the Tyler Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2000 W. Gentry Parkway.
Judge Williams uses the free, non-political judicial education outreach program to teach citizens about the civil court system.
The academy, which began in 2015, is meant to give people a better understanding of the courts and empower them through increased knowledge, according to her website.
Lisa Williams, NAACP Tyler Branch secretary, said the event is the first of a series of presentations to educate people on important issues, such as the judicial process and voting.
“We want to empower the citizens of Tyler,” she said. “The more you educate the citizens the more they participate.”
Williams said there are plans to collaborate with people in the Tyler area to educate citizens during the NAACP meetings. She wants the organization to become a source of resources to help others become more knowledgeable.
The NAACP holds meetings 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Tyler Metro Chamber of Commerce.
The NAACP Tyler will host its Freedom Fund Banquet on Aug. 13 at Rose Garden Center. The theme will be “2020 All Included, All Win.” The keynote speaker will be Goodwill Industries of East Texas President and CEO Kimberly Lewis.