BILLINGS- Ashley Harada, one of two recently added District Court judges in Yellowstone County, officially took the title of judge on Wednesday afternoon.
Former U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull administered the oath of office and the swearing-in of Harada.
“She’s going to be a great judge,” Cebull said about Harada, who worked with him for nine years. “She’s going to exhibit integrity, honesty and fairness.”
Harada thanked her family and friends, who filled the fifth-floor courtroom.
Then she read from the Bible.
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all,” she recited from Romans 12:18.
“God has placed this path in front of me and I pray for His wisdom as I take this journey,” Harada said.
After the ceremony she talked about becoming a judge for the 13th Judicial District Court, Department 8.
“It’s a little overwhelming, but I’m looking forward to it, such an honor,” Harada said. “I look forward to being available for this community and helping keep people safe and protecting people and just making sure there are fair and just decisions being made.”
Justice of the Peace Jeanne Walker and attorney Jock West also spoke during the ceremony.
Harada won the election by 125 votes over Juli Pierce after a recount on Dec. 6.
With the two new judges, the District Court in Yellowstone County now has eight judges.