Georgia juvenile judge elected chairman of National Council of Juvenile and Family JudgesExchange of information on juvenile justice

Juvenile Judge Peggy H. Walker of Douglas County, Georgia

Longtime Georgia State Juvenile Judge Peggy H. Walker was elected to the Executive Committee earlier this week at the 74th National Conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) in New York City. For the next five years, Judge Walker will serve as Secretary, Treasurer, President-elect, President and Past President of the NCJFCJ.

Founded in 1937 and based in Reno, NCJFCJ is the oldest judicial panel in the country and has nearly 2,000 members. The panel's mission is to provide judges, courts and related agencies with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the lives of families and children affected by the juvenile justice system and domestic violence.

“The common thread of NCJFCJ leadership is hard work and the courage to overcome adversity as we work to improve the lives of children and families,” said newly elected Judge Walker. “Georgia already places a high priority on the welfare of children. Having national leaders in place amplifies the state's efforts; it gives the judiciary more credibility and allows us to engage government agencies and foundations that work with our children and families.”

NCJFCJ’s key initiatives include:

Their election continues a remarkable history of Georgia juvenile judges elected to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors. Most recently, Judge Michael Key, a juvenile judge in Troup County, Georgia, completed his term as NCJFCJ President on July 26, 2011.

“Like Judge Michael Key, Judge Peggy Walker is a tireless advocate for children,” Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein of the Supreme Court of Georgia said in a press release. “I am proud and honored that the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has elected her to the Board and will select her as President of the Council in 2014.”

Judge Walker has served as a juvenile court judge in Douglas County, Georgia since 1998 and as a member of the NCJFCJ Board of Trustees since 2005. She has also served as President of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges, Chair of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, and as a Board Member of the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates.