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Retired judge honored by colleagues

Courtroom No. 1 was packed Wednesday at the Nevada County Superior Court as staff honored retired Judge Ersel Edwards.

In a half-hour ceremony, seven county judges expressed their appreciation for Edwards, a well-loved and respected man who was a courthouse staple for 20 years.

Later, a plaque was unveiled over the courtroom door dedicating the room to the retired judge.



“(Edwards) is a man without pretense,” said Judge Albert P. Dover, standing at a podium in front of the crowd. “He supported staff and attorneys and was particularly faithful to the law. It is a great service he rendered to all the citizens of the community. No one better deserves this honor.”

A clerk wiped tears from her eyes as she applauded Edwards along with her co-workers.




Judge Carl F. Bryan II, who also will be retiring at the end of the year, was full of praise for his former colleague.

“(Edwards) has done so much for the institution of justice,” Bryan said. “He will inspire others in the future.”

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors nominated him to the judges’ bench in 1985. He retired in May 2005.

Edwards plans to serve as a visiting judge in counties across Northern California, a commitment that demands approximately two months each year.

Court staff said Edwards will also serve as a visiting judge periodically in Nevada County. He is set to take the bench today and Friday at the courthouse.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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