TYLER, Texas — The Tyler NAACP hosted 101st District Court Judge Staci Williams for her Citizen Civil Academy Thursday evening.

“It's a program that I created to educate citizens about the civil court process and civil issues I found when talking to individuals," Williams said. "All they think of the legal system is the criminal justice system."

The goal of Williams’ free event was to give people a greater understanding of the civil justice system.

“I want them to understand that the government works for them and there are resources that are available for them that they don't know anything about," Williams said. "So we have a big packet of information over 30 some pages, take that back, share it with your community. The more enlightened people become, then they're more likely to want to participate in the government, as in jury service."

This is the first time Williams has brought her course out of Dallas County. 

She plans on taking the CCA to El Paso next, and funds it entirely with her campaign funds.