A courtroom full of co-workers, members of the legal community, family and friends were at Garfield County Court House on Tuesday to witness the swearing in of Garfield County’s newest judge.
Judges Paul Woodward, Dennis Hladik, Tom Newby, Brian Lovell and Justin Eilers were present as former Assistant District Attorney Jason Seigars swore to uphold the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma as special district judge.
It was standing room only as Seigars took his oath in his black robe, repeating the words read by Woodward.
“I’ll do the best job I can in this position, and thank you for trusting me in this position,” Seigars told those in attendance.
Seigars replaces retired Judge Norman Grey, who left the bench this past summer for retirement. Seigars was selected by the five district judges of the Northwest Administrative Court District.
Seigars will hear small claims cases, divorces and protective orders, initially. Because he last served in the district attorney’s office, a conflict of interest will exist for several months for criminal cases. Seigars is not subject to term limits in his position.
Woodward, who was one of the five judges who selected Seigars for the judgeship, said he expects Seigars to do a good job.
“I think he’ll be a very fair and impartial judge,” Woodward said. “He’ll treat everyone with respect. He acted like an an attorney, and I think it will translate into being a judge.”
Seigars has spent the past five years with Garfield County District Attorney’s Office. Before that, he received his law degree from the University of Tulsa. Prior to attending law school, Seigars served as assistant juvenile officer for Garfield County Juvenile Office.
“I am very excited,” Seigars said following his ceremony. “I am looking forward to continuing my service for the citizens of Garfield County. I am excited to enter a new chapter in my life.”