The Norman Transcript


May 1, 2013

Another costly holdup for district judge post

NORMAN — At the end of the 2012 legislative session, we didn’t understand how one senator could hold up the process of adding a much-needed seat on Cleveland County’s judicial bench.

We’re nearing the end of the 2013 legislative process and seem to have the same question. Our local legislators say Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, won’t even allow a committee vote on a new judgeship unless the judge is required to live north of Indian Hills Road.

Judicial residency requirements assure minority representation in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties. A potential solution quietly proposed by a state judge last year was to create a special judge position with a residency requirement. That, too, failed to get traction.

The county’s growth has necessitated the additional judge. The bench here has asked for it for nearly 40 years. Delays are costly to litigants, defendants and those caught in the system. The position that the county desperately needs nearly went to another county last year.

We would like to hear Sen. Sykes’ side of the issue, but he’s not talking. Perhaps the county bar association could get an answer for us. We applaud the attempts of others in the county delegation to go around the senator and his committee.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Top honors for NPS

    Top honors keep rolling in for both of Norman’s high schools. The district learned this past week that Norman High School and Norman North High School have been recognized as two of the most rigorous high schools in the country and in the ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Wind power bursting

    There are a few wind generators dotting the Norman skyline, but western and northwestern Oklahoma makes up for the deficit here. An industry group this week said Oklahoma ranks fourth nationally in the amount of wind-generated ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Protect your home from wildfires

    To most people, fuel is what you put into your gas tank. To firefighters, it means something altogether different. To people who make a living putting out fires, fuel is that material that feeds wildfires — and there is an abundance of it ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Let’s toast: Main Street bridge nearly complete

    It was January 2013 when crews began knocking down the Main Street bridge over Interstate 35. The timeline on completion has always been this May. If everything comes together and the weather holds for the next few days, the overpass and ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Yes to Capitol and museum

    Two major spending bills have emerged from the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee headed by Norman Rep. Scott Martin. Both are up for passage in the full House of Representatives. We believe both deserve passage....

    April 11, 2014

  • Assistance needed

    The planned reopening of the Canadian River bridge connecting Purcell and Lexington is still more than two months away. Some of the businesses that depended on cross-bridge trade may not make it that long....

    April 11, 2014

  • Voters need speak up

    As candidates gear up to get their names on the ballot this year, it also may be time for voters to take some initiative, too....

    April 9, 2014

  • Let the filing begin

    The path to the state Capitol and local election board offices will be busy for the remainder of this week. Candidates, incumbents and those thinking they might want to be an incumbent will sign up today through Friday to have their names ...

    April 9, 2014

  • Taking care of business

    The backlog of state prisoners filling county jails in Oklahoma is finally getting some attention. The Associated Press’ Sean Murphy reports the new director of the state Department of Corrections has made clearing the inmate backlog a ...

    April 8, 2014

  • A Tuesday kind of market

    A family friendly, festive atmosphere is what organizers of Cleveland County’s Farm Market hope for tonight at the fairgrounds on East Robinson Street....

    April 8, 2014