Justice of the Peace Edna Staudt, Precinct Two

Judge Staudt is originally from Austin, married with six children and nine grandchildren.  Her desire to serve the families of Williamson County led her to run for office in 1994. She has served diligently since that time. In addition, she has served on numerous boards, including the Williamson County Jail Bond Board, Child Fatality Review Team, Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee, Agape Pregnancy Resource Center, YMCA of Twin Lakes, Central Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association, and Hope Connections Pregnancy Resource Center of Leander. She is also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in Cedar Park, Leander, and Liberty Hill. She attends Williamson County Cowboy Church where she and her husband assist with music.

She partnered with the Greater Williamson County /YMCA in 1997 to create the first Teen Court program in Williamson County that serves any student willing to learn the Judicial System. This leadership program has provided defendants the opportunity to keep their criminal record clear of convictions.

Seeing the need for resources to address family problems, Judge Staudt created the Justice Court Mentoring Program which networks with local businesses and ministries to assign mentors to troubled teens in her court. The Justice Court Mentoring Program has served hundreds of students providing the support to finish school and make positive choices. She speaks regularly to civic groups and students educating on laws and policy and has sponsored numerous programs to address the issues seen regularly in Justice Court.

With a competent staff of ten court clerks, she officiates over a Criminal Docket, Civil Docket, Death Inquests, Wedding Ceremonies, and a large variety of miscellaneous duties.

Teenage Jurors sentence convicted juvenile delinquents!

Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court begins their 22nd season in September.  Students age 13 to 18 can volunteer to participate in the Teen Court held monthly in Williamson County Justice Court Pct 2 in Cedar Park.  Judge Edna Staudt and the YMCA partnered in 1996 to develop a Teen Court that would serve all students interested in the judicial system. 

Law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges, and criminal technicians are among those who educate the students and teach skills to be attorneys and judges.  Students are encouraged to mentor others and engage in leadership. The students adjudicate real life cases.

Students have benefited greatly from the program. Participants not only have fun each session, but learn too.   Alan Adams, a 4-year member of WC/YMCA TC and a 2017 graduate states, “Teen Court offers inquiring minds the chance to broaden their intellectual horizons, learning to interpret and analyze situations from different perspectives.”    

Grace Leake a 4-year member and a 2017 graduate of WC/YMCA TC states, “Teen Court has shown me the importance of maintaining my integrity in all situations”. 

This year’s orientation will be held on September 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Twin Lake YMCA Survivor Lodge.  Food, drinks, tee-shirts, and manuals will be provided.  Dress is casual.  Advance registration is not required; however, parents are required to complete registration forms before they leave the student.  Additional Information can be obtained from Justice Court Teen Court Coordinator Chloe Cofty at 512-260-4229, or at the web www.wilco.org Justice Court Pct 2 Cedar Park.