Associate District Judge Brad Benson of Frederick was elected president of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference on Friday in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Judicial Conference or OJC is composed of every justice and judge serving in the State of Oklahoma.
“I am honored to be elected by my fellow judges to serve,” Benson said. “I look forward to working with judges from across the state to protect the independence of the judicial branch of government. It’s an honor as a rural judge to be elected president of this statewide body.”
The OJC provides educational opportunities to judges and assists the Supreme Court in analyzing the needs of the trial courts. It also assists the Legislature in areas affecting the trial courts. The OJC is governed by an executive board made up of trial and appellate judges from across the state, which will be chaired by Benson for the next year.
Benson has served on the OJC executive board since 2013. He was elected by the members of the OJC to serve on the education committee, which is responsible for judicial education throughout the year. He just completed a term as president-elect of the OJC.
In addition to his duties in Tillman County, Benson presides over the Drug Court program in Tillman, Jackson, Harmon, Greer and Kiowa counties. Drug Court gives more than 65 participants the tools to deal with drug and alcohol addictions through treatment, employment and accountability to the court. The program also saves the taxpayers of Oklahoma more than $15,000 per year per participant.
Benson was appointed to the bench by Gov. Brad Henry in December 2009. He was elected without opposition in 2010 and 2014, and has now completed more than six years as Judge in Tillman County.