by Jason Salsman/Multimedia Producer
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Jeremy Pittman was sworn in today as the newest district trial court judge for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court.
With his family and various members of the MCN Judicial Branch present, Pittman was given the oath by current District Judge Gregory H. Bigler and will preside over civil cases.
An MCN citizen and a 1992 graduate of Preston High School, Pittman received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2000.
“I’d like to thank the Chief for nominating me and the National Council for confirming my nomination,” Pittman said. “I’ve practiced in the Nation’s courts for over 10 years. I just felt it was time for me to move into a judicial role.”
A tribal law was passed in 2012, NCA 12-033, which established the district trial court in civil, criminal and family divisions within the MCN Judicial Branch.
Title 26, Subchapter 2 in MCN Code entitled ‘Judges,’ states that ‘three separate District Trial Court Judges are preferred to be appointed to the District Trial Courts established under the law; however two District Trial Court Judges shall hold office at all times.’
To this point, there had only been the required two judges, the Hon. Gregory H. Bigler, who has presided over criminal and civil cases, and the Hon. John T. Cripps, who presides over family cases.
Judge Pittman will now preside over civil cases and his appointment satisfies the bill’s preferred requirement of three for each division.
“I will do my utmost to uphold the laws of the Nation and to present a fair and just court system, so that individuals know they can come in here and feel like they’re well represented and that they will receive a fair decision,” Pittman said.