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Judge Williams overseeing last drug court

November 29th, 2012 - 5:44am

(Port Angeles) -- Retiring Clallam County Superior Court Judge Ken Williams is overseeing his last Adult Drug Court ceremony today as three graduates of the program finish their terms.

Judge Williams has championed the program and has presided over every graduation since the Adult Drug Court was begun in 1999.

In 1997, Williams spearheaded an effort to win a 600-thousand dollar grant from the Justice Department to start the Clallam County Juvenile Drug Court.

Later, in 2004, the County had the first high-risk D-U-I court in the state.

The Drug Court program offers those charged with non-violent crimes who are chemically dependent or addicted to drugs, the opportunity to receive a minimum 12-month-long treatment program closely supervised by weekly court hearings.

Graduates have their charges dismissed, but any restitution owed to victims must be paid before graduating.

Today's graduation ceremony begins at 4 o'clock, and is open to the public.

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