How many people wish once in their life they could be out somewhere and see someone
who is drowning and be able to rescue them or run in a burning house and rescue them?
In drug court, we do that everyday.
|Honorable Judge Tim Dwyer
Tim J. Dwyer was born and raised in Memphis, TN; he is a 1972 graduate of Christian Brothers High
School. Upon graduation he stayed in his hometown to earn his undergraduate degree from the
University of Memphis in 1976, and graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1980.
He was an Assistant District Attorney General for Shelby County and also practiced privately with the
Law Firm of Owens and McManus before being elected to serve as Judge
In 1984, at age 30, he was elected to General Sessions Division 8 -- the Youngest Judge in the
State of Tennessee. Judge Dwyer is a General Sessions Criminal Court Judge.
In 1997 Judge Dwyer founded the Shelby County Drug Court. The drug court is an intensive-treatment
alternative to incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders - and those charged with crimes motivated by
drug dependency - who must abide by a strict, year long program of treatment, counseling, monitoring
and education. Upon completion of the program, the criminal charges can be expunged, dismissed, or
the sentence is set aside.
There are over 1,800 Graduates from the Drug Court Program with a 38% recidivism rate compared
to 80% for non participants.
In 2003 the court, under his direction, was named a “Mentor Court” by the National Drug Court Association.
Of the more than 1,200 drug courts in the country, fewer than 100 courts have held that honor.
Just a few of the honors that Judge Dwyer has received:
1. Named one of the top 15 leaders in Shelby County that Make Memphis a better
Place to Raise a Family. Memphis Parent Magazine; May 2005.
2. Awarded the Lifesaver Award in the State of Tennessee by the Governor’s
Highway Safety Office; August 2005.
3. Governor Phil Bredesen honored Judge Tim J. Dwyer and Shelby County Drug Court
on November 30, 2005, for the success of their 90th Graduation.
4. He has been twice Honored as Judge of the Year by the Criminal Law Division of the
Shelby County Bar Association.
5. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Memphis Police
Department’s Organized Crime Drug Unit.
6. Judge Dwyer has been honored as recipient of the 2008 Chancellor
Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year which is presented
each year by the Young Lawyer Division of the Memphis Bar Association.
7. In 2009, Judge Dwyer was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus for
Christian Brothers High School. The Distinguished Alumnus award is the
highest honor for a CBHS graduate. The recipient is named based on his
significant and broad accomplishments in the professional life which reflects
distinction upon himself and CBHS.