District Court Judge Susan Weaver was chosen by the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) to visit an academy court in Texas.

Weaver, who serves as the Ninth Judicial District Sobriety Court judge, took Sobriety Court Coordinator Brittani Burnette with her to El Paso, Texas to attend the academy DWI court.

“We learned a lot from our visit to El Paso and have already started to incorporate new ideas into our program,” Weaver said. “I am looking forward to implementing these new practices and seeing how they make our court more successful and reduce DWI recidivism in our area,” Weaver said.

Weaver and Burnette spent time with Judge Robert Anchondo and his DWI team, who gave them the opportunity to observe two DWI court staff meetings, two DWI court sessions and a graduation ceremony.

Anchondo's court, which was the first of its kind in Texas, was established in 2004.

Weaver established the first Sobriety Court in the Ninth Judicial District, which includes Faulkner and Van Buren counties, in 2014 and the first participant was accepted in April 2015.