In front of a crowd of family, friends, and colleagues that filled the DeWitt County Courtroom, former State's Attorney Karle Koritz was sworn in as DeWitt County's Circuit Judge Friday morning.
Several noteable leaders were on hand as Judge Dan Flannell, Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit, made opening remarks and gave a short speech in place of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman who was unable to attend due to illness. Eleventh Circuit Associate Judge William Workman, a fellow colleague of Koritz's from their days together in the McLean County State's Attorney's Office, also made remarks praising new Judge Koritz.
Koritz's grandfather, Ivan Stanwood, held the family bible while Judge Workman administered the oath of office to Koritz. The new Judge Koritz was then presented with the judicial robe by his wife of 13 years, Katy.
In his remarks, Judge Koritz thanked Chief Justice Garman for the appointment and stated that he wanted to honor her in return as well as the people that will appear before him by being the best judge he can be. Judge Koritz went on to thank various family members including his grandfather.
He thanked his colleagues as well as the members of the public who have been so good to him and his family over the years.
Judge Koritz thanked his wife Katy, stating "I thank God every day that she chose me. What more do you need in this life to be happy than this - that the person you love most in this world loves you right back."
Judge Koritz called the experiencing humbling. He says it is humility, and not pride, that he felt most upon being appointed Circuit Judge. Judge Koritz recognized those who wrote letters on his behalf during the appointment process and expressed how humbling it was to compare himself to the person described in those letters. He was particularly humbled to be consider the judges of the Sixth Circuit, because the late Judge Bryan, was the peer group against whom he would be measured.