MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Circuit Court Room was filled to standing room only capacity Wednesday afternoon for the investiture of Karl A. Weber as judge of the 96th Judicial District Court.

A Negaunee native and son of the retired Circuit Court Judge John R. Weber, he will assume his duties on the bench Monday.

“Karl’s background qualifies him for this job,” John Weber said to the packed house Wednesday. “He’ll get the job done, and he won’t forget that the court is not for the judges, it’s not for the lawyers, it’s for the people.”

Karl Weber received his undergraduate degree and law degree at the University of Michigan, and most recently served as the managing partner of the law firm Plunkett Cooney’s Northern Michigan office in Marquette.

He will replace Dennis H. Girard, who retired from his position as district court judge in July.

When looking around the courtroom following the ceremony, Weber said he was astonished at the turnout.

“I’m thrilled. I’m so honored to be able to serve the Marquette County community,” he said. “I can’t put it into words. It’s just unbelievable how many family and friends and judges I know that turned out … it’s a wonderful feeling.”

Weber said his experience will help him succeed in his new role.

“I’ve been practicing law for 25 years,” he said. “I’ve tried hundreds of cases. I will bring to the bench patience and good judgment.”

As far as the biggest challenge he will face, Weber said it will be addressing the growing drug problem in the area.

“It’s an ongoing issue in Marquette County and all of the other counties,” he said. “It requires a lot of attention and a lot of care. I look forward to taking that on.”

A reception was held following the ceremony at the Landmark Inn, hosted by Plunkett Cooney.

Kelsie Thompson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.