NYC Drug Court Initiative
Misdemeanor Brooklyn Treatment Court (MBTC)
Mike Torres and Theresa Good Melinda PaviaMike Torres Lisa Kelly

MBTC Judge

Hon. Betty J. Williams

Honorable Betty J. Williams

Judicial Offices

  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County, Elected, 2001 to 2010

Admission to the Bar

  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court, 1995
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1997


  • J.D., New York Law School, 1984
  • M.S., Columbia University, 1973
  • B.S., North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University, 1966

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Chair, Women in Prison Sub-Committee, NY State Assn. of Women Judges, 2005 to present
  • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association, 1996 to present
  • Member, Kings County Criminal Bar Association, 2001 to present
  • Member, National Bar Association, 1996 to present
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, 2003 to present
  • Member, The Judicial Friends, 2001 to present
  • Member, City Bar Assn. of NY, 1994 to 2000
  • Member, Bklyn. Bridge Park Comm. Citizen's Advisory Counsel, 2003 to present
  • Board Member, Downtown Bklyn. Waterfront Local Dev Corp., 2000 to present
  • Board Member, Bayview Correctional Facility Community Advisory Board, 2004 to present
  • Member, NY State Criminal Court Anti-Bias Committee, 2003 to present
  • Member, NY Law School Alumni Association, 1998 to present


120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
P: 347.404.9616 .F: 718.643.6646




After your arrest you were given a choice between joining MBTC and having your case go through the regular court process. If you abuse drugs and are eligible for the MBTC program, your Case Manager will work with you to build a treatment plan. While you are in treatment, the Judge will closely watch your progress.


If the Judge says you can no longer participate or you ask to stop participating, the Judge will sentence you to the jail time you and your lawyer agreed to when you pled guilty.

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