Charles Barnard was sworn in as the Judge of the 89th District Court yesterday, April 27. He replaces Judge Mark Price who died while in office recently.
Barnard’s swearing in was done by Judge Bob Brotherton of the 30th District Court in his courtroom which is the largest one in the Wichita County Courthouse. The courtroom was packed by friends, public officials and many others as the native Wichitan was sworn in.
Dr. Isaac Butterworth, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, opened the ceremonies with a prayer. Prior to the prayer he said he was honored to be the pastor of the Barnard family. During the prayer he asked for God to be with Barnard as he ascends to the position of 89th District Court Judge as well as all the other judges in the land.
Barnard, who has been in private practice for several years, thanked his fellow judges for their help and advice in his preparation for his new position. He was appointed to his new position by Texas Governor Greg Abbott when Judge Price passed away while still in office.
Barnard has been a leader in the community for many years in Wichita Falls. He was one of the captains of the state finalist Wichita Falls High School football team in 1971. He was the starting tailback and cornerback on that team which finished 14-1. He also ran track for the Coyotes.
After graduating from WFHS, he earned a degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He was also a member of Beta Theta Pi and Silver Spurs. He later graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1979 and returned to Wichita Falls where he has practiced law since 1979.
His wife Laura was also present at the ceremonies yesterday. They have two children John K. Barnard, 32; and Betsy Favrot, 27. They also have three grandchildren including Madeline, age six; BEn age four and the youngest Kramer age two.
Barnard thanked all his family members for their support.
He is an attorney, mediator and owner of the Law Offices of Charles Barnard. He has extensive qualifications on his resume as he is certified in civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and numberous state district courts throughout Texas.
An Eagle Scout, he has also served as a pro bono attorney for the Wichita Falls Boys and Girls Club and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.
He also serves as a sponsor for the Life Decisions Program with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
A press release from Governor Abbott’s office said the appointment will last until the 2016 general election.
Barnard is also a fellow of the State Bar Foundation, member of the State Bar of Texas and the College of the State Bar of Texas. He further served as past president of the Wichita County Bar Association as well as being a member of that organization.