Webber sworn in as associate judge
TUSCOLA — The newest associate judge for the 6th Judicial Circuit had just a few minutes to celebrate his new status and job with family and friends before he had to be on the bench.
Roger Webber of Savoy was sworn in at the Douglas County Courthouse by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman in a brief ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. He had to be in Clinton, 62 miles away, by 10 a.m. to hear traffic cases.
"It tells you what the future holds," Garman laughed, after reminding Webber of the importance of access to justice for all and treating everyone in his courtroom fairly.
Webber, 55, was chosen from a field of 15 applicants, including his brother, Monticello attorney Gary Webber, who was there to see him sworn in. His wife, Jane Webber, held the Bible as Webber took the oath of office and donned his robe.
Chief Judge Dan Flannell has assigned Webber to spend four days a week in Monticello and one in Clinton for the near future. Webber fills the post left vacant when former Associate Judge Richard Broch was appointed circuit judge for Douglas County last week.
A DePaul University College of Law graduate, Webber has 30 years of legal experience and has been with Beckett & Webber in Urbana since 1990.
"I promise I will remember this is the people's court ... and would encourage you to remind me if I ever forget," Webber said.
Associate judges serve at the pleasure of the circuit judges and are reviewed for reappointment every four years.