By Kristin Rover
In a court room packed full of Clermont County officials and employees as well as many family members and friends, Judge James Shriver was sworn in as Clermont County Juvenile Court Judge June 27.
Shriver was appointed as juvenile court judge by Ohio Governor John Kasich in April. He replaces Judge Stephanie Wyler, who announced her retirement in December.
Wyler swore Shriver in during the ceremony at Clermont County Juvenile Court.
“This is a wonderful day,” Wyler said during the ceremony.
Wyler discussed the importance of juvenile court in the United States judicial system and how decisions can affect the lives of children and their families.
“It’s the most important court in the American judicial system,” Wyler said. “It takes a special person to do it.”
Wyler said the one person she wanted to take over as juvenile court judge is the one she was able to swear in that day.
“I get to swear him in right now,” Wyler said.
Shriver repeated the oath of office in front of the room full of people, and thanked everyone for being there.
“What a crowd,” Shriver said. “You have no idea how your presence touches my heart.”
Shriver said he has a very hard act to follow when it comes to filling Wyler’s seat as Clermont County Juvenile Court Judge.
“I intend to build on her successes,” Shriver said. “And it’s going to be a hard act to follow.”
Shriver previously served as Clermont County Juvenile Court Judge since 1994. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
In addition to serving as a judge, Shriver serves on the advisory council and the building advisory committee at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, and he is involved with Union Township Kiwanis and Clermont County Special Olympics.
After his appointment to Clermont County Juvenile Court, Shriver said he is humbled to be given the opportunity to make a dramatic impact on the lives of young individuals.
“I hope my work will show that Governor Kasich was correct in placing his trust in me to impact the system,” Shriver said after the appointment in April.
After he took the Oath of Office, Shriver spent time greeting individuals who attended the ceremony.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming out today,” he said.
According to Governor Kasich’s Office, Shriver must run again in November to retain the seat for the the full term beginning in February of 2015.