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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.

 
Williamson County/YMCA Teen Court Orientation

The Twin Lakes YMCA is hosting the annual Teen Court orientation in the Survivor Lodge on September 8, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to attend.

Students will be taught listening skills and etiquette to be used in the role of attorney, judge, juror, and bailiff.

Judge Edna Staudt, founder of the Williamson County YMCA Teen Court and attorney Patricia M. Cofty, JD/MBA, longtime volunteer with the Teen Court program, will lead the orientation. Members of law enforcement will also make a presentation.

Lunch and drinks will be provided by the YMCA. Dress is casual but modest. Parents are required to complete registration forms before they leave the site. Please contact Chloe Cofty, Teen Court Coordinator for Judge Staudt at (512) 260-4229 for further details.

Participation in the Teen Court program gives teens an opportunity to realize their roles in the community. It also instills a sense of pride and responsibility, and through the use of positive peer role modeling, helps create a better community for all. As a Teen Court volunteer teens not only get the opportunity to practice law in the courtroom but learn valuable public speaking skills and become leaders among their peers and in their communities.