Judge Gerald A. Williams explains why you should never ignore court fines––especially speeding tickets!

Court Fines Judge Gerald A. Williams explains why you should never ignore court fines––especially speeding tickets! By Judge Gerald A. Williams All bills are important, and at some point, must be paid. However, some of the worst bills that you can ignore are fines generated by municipal and by justice courts. A simple mistake and some hard times can cause a downward spiral. For example, perhaps you get a sp ...

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Local Judge Gerald A. Williams describes the structure of our Constitution and some of the fireworks preceding it

When U.S. History Really Began: The Constitution and Bill of Rights  Local Judge Gerald A. Williams describes the structure of our Constitution and some of the fireworks preceding it. Given that we’ve just celebrated our nation’s birthday and that some of the most significant recent cases from the U.S. Supreme Court have had a chance to take root in public consciousness, it’s a good time to look at where we ...

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Judge Gerald A. Williams discusses what everyone should know about contracts

Contracts Judge Gerald A. Williams discusses what everyone should know about contracts. Our entire economic system is based in part on a belief that contracts are obligations that will be honored, and if they are not, then there will be some type of penalty. Every contract has at least three elements: an offer, an acceptance of that offer, and consideration. An offer is a proposal to enter into a contract o ...

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How did a tool designed to enable people to communicate more efficiently result in an explosion of ad hominem attacks, asks local Judge Gerald A. Williams

Social Media Etiquette How did a tool designed to enable people to communicate more efficiently result in an explosion of ad hominem attacks, asks local Judge Gerald A. Williams. At least once a week, someone will come into court requesting either an injunction against harassment or an order of protection because of something someone said to or about him or her on Facebook. The odd reality is that people wi ...

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Judge Gerald A. Williams talks about the different sorts of cases he sees in the courtroom

  What Do You Do Besides Marry People? Judge Gerald A. Williams talks about the different sorts of cases he sees in the courtroom   Through an interpreter, she asked me to dismiss the order of protection she had in place. She stated that the man who abused her was also the only person available to watch her children. She said he had been attending church and that she wanted to forgive him. I tried ...

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Local Judge Gerald A. Williams explains a new concept being utilized in the Maricopa County court system

Homeless Court Local Judge Gerald A. Williams explains a new concept being utilized in the Maricopa County court system   Did you know that Maricopa County had a court designed just to help people who are homeless? If you didn’t, don’t feel bad. It’s a relatively new court and is still based on a fairly recent concept. The Maricopa County Regional Homeless Court follows a problem-solving court format.  ...

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Judge Gerald A. Williams on common mistakes made in and around courtrooms

“Don’t Do That!” Judge Gerald A. Williams on common mistakes made in and around courtrooms.  Legal advice, like medical advice, is often preventive. Frequently, the best recommendation is some variation of “Don’t do that!” Obviously, knowingly breaking the law is a bad idea; but most people are law abiding. I’m more concerned about people who think they know the law when they don’t. First mistake: Not showi ...

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If a romance fails and the other person won’t take no for an answer, there are some legal avenues you can pursue, says local judge Gerald A. Williams

Don’t Send Flowers after a Restraining Order Romantic feelings aren’t always reciprocal. If a romance fails and the other person won’t take no for an answer, there are some legal avenues you can pursue, says local judge Gerald A. Williams. With February comes Valentine’s Day and at least some level of pressure to have someone to love. Queen fans (or Glee fans) may be familiar with the lyric “Can anybody fin ...

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Before you hit the elliptical machine, make a resolution to get your legal documents in shape, recommends local judge Gerald A. Williams.

Legally Fit  Before you hit the elliptical machine, make a resolution to get your legal documents in shape, recommends local judge Gerald A. Williams. People who care about their personal fitness hate going to the gym in January. They know it will be crowded until after Valentine’s Day. Why? Almost everyone starts a new year with the intention of getting in shape. However, a new year is a good time to make ...

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Is it legal to depict religious scenes during the holiday season? Judge Gerald A. Williams examines whether local governments may rule against them.

Lawful? Is it legal to depict religious scenes during the holiday season? Judge Gerald A. Williams examines whether local governments may rule against them. Can a local government lawfully display a Nativity scene on government property during the holiday season? Does it matter if it’s also part of an overall holiday display? What about the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state? To f ...

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