Judge Analia Wilkerson has been the judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law #9 since 1995. Her court hears misdemeanor cases where defendants may get up to one year in the Harris County Jail.
The Judge gives legal warnings to defendants without counsel, appoint attorneys to indigent defendants, speak with attorneys regarding their cases and make sure defendants understand their rights before entering into plea negotiations; all while taking into consideration the valuable time of the citizens of Harris County that appear for jury service. Her court tries cases such as Driving While Intoxicated, Assaults, Thefts and some Drug Possession cases.
Being able to multitask is very important since the court usually has 50-60 defendants a day on docket for various court settings, from initial hearings to jury trials. The court also has relationships with other county agencies including The District Clerk’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Department and the Adult Probation Department. Many have commented that being a judge is a little bit like being a CEO.
While on the bench, Judge Wilkerson has consistently had one of the lowest dockets, tried over 750 jury trials to verdict without reversal by an appellate court and has kept her costs among the lowest. Everyone knows what to expect since she has always run her court professionally, efficiently and is considerate of everyone’s time. Although no two cases are alike and are treated as such general consistency help things run smoother.
Analia Wilkerson was born in Houston Texas on October 3, 1965 to Haney Lamar Wilkerson and Maria De Los Dolores Liste Rodriguez. She spent her first eight years in Caracas, Venezuela attending a Spanish speaking school. That experience has proved very useful as many people in our courts speak Spanish.
She graduated from the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in 1982 at the age of 16. There, among other things, she took courses on police science and mediation. These mediation skills are still used daily in her court as she tries to help parties resolve cases.
She graduated from The University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice in 1985 at the age of 19. That was a great experience because she was in classes with people already out in the field of criminal justice.
Judge Wilkerson graduated from The University of Houston Law Center in 1988 at the age of 22. There she was able to intern at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. After graduation, she became a private practitioner. In 1994, she was elected the youngest judge in the modern history of Harris County at the age of 29.
Judge Wilkerson has received her Certification in Criminal Law from the Texas Center for the Judiciary and has had the honor to serve as Presiding Judge of the County Criminal Courts at Law. She has received the Judge of the Year P.O.L.I.C.E. Award and a Meritorious Service Award from the Veterans of Foreign War. She has served on various Texas State Bar and Houston Bar Association committees including Chair of the Committee for Criminal Law and Procedure. She served on the Houston Bar Association’s Continuing Education Committee including serving as the Chair of the Institute Committee. She is also a member of Delta Theta Phi were she was Dean of the Alumni Senate.
Judge Wilkerson was extremely active at Grace United Methodist Church where her family attended for three generations. There, she has served as a Trustee, on the Finance Committee, and Chair of Parish Personal Relations. She also volunteered at the food pantry. She sang in the choir and played the drums for the contemporary service. She and her husband Darrell Nelms now attend Second Baptist where he is a Deacon and she is active in her Sunday School Classes, various Bible studies, and sings in the choir. They also serve as a host family for Chinese professionals.
Out in the general community, she served on the Houston Bar Association IDEA Committee. This committee of lawyers, judges, and doctors go out and speak at schools about the perils of drug usage. She also served as an advisor to her alma mater, The High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, for over fifteen years. She was on the Board of Directors for the International Institute of Education and a member of the Heights Lion’s Club. Politically, her main involvement was with The Grand Order of Pachyderms, a political education organization. She served on the Board of Director for the Downtown Club and both as Secretary and Treasurer on the State Board.
Being involved in various other activities besides being a judge helps keep her balanced. It also gives her a range of experiences, which help her see things from different perspectives.
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