Judge Byram Formally Installed.
By Paul Dworin, Signal Managing Editor.
The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise | Friday, February 4, 1983.
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It was the first enrobing ceremony ever held at the Valencia Civic Center courthouse.
But despite the historic nature of the occasion, jocularity and easy banter was the order of the day Wednesday when Keith Byram was officially given his oath as Newhall Municipal Court judge.
The oath was administered by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose open support helped Byram defeat Newhall attorney Dan Hon by a convincing margin in last November's general election.
About 75 friends and supporters crowded into the Division II courtroom over which Byram has presided since being sworn in on January 3, to participate in ceremonies that were anything but solemn.
Even the usually staid Antonovich seemed carried away by the informality of the event.
Joking that Byram was a man who had "overcome the Hollywood Division" of the Los Angeles Police Department, Antonovich went on to laud him as a fine judge and an asset to the community.
Prior to Antonovich's administering of the oath of office, brief remarks were made by Byram's colleague, Newhall Municipal Court Judge Adrian Adams.
Reminiscing about his own induction as judge in the old courthouse (which was located on Market Street just east of San Fernando Road), Adams was said, "on a day like this (rainy) we'd have to have buckets on the floor.''
Adams and the now-retired Jack Clark, whom Byram is replacing, were Newhall Municipal Court judges before the court was moved to its Civic Center location ten years ago.
Adams ended his remarks by tossing a verbal bouquet at Byram, saying, "it's a delight to work with him."
Jo Anne Darcy, Supervisor Antonovich's local field deputy, followed Adams to the podium and continued the light jesting.
"But all kidding aside," she said, "we're lucky to have a man like Keith Byram as our judge. She then presented Byram with a gold eagle statue from "(Curt) Darcy and me."
Byram's wife, Virginia, did the actual enrobing, ordered her husband to take off his jacket because "I know from experience this (the robe) won't fit over it."
Displaying the robe, Mrs. Byram joked that whereas in years past (when Byram served as a Superior Court Commissioner) they had replaced the robe's sleeves on an annual basis, "this time we sprung for a whole new one."
Byram, who recently has been gaining quite a reputation as a humorous master of ceremonies, was slightly more subdued when it was his turn to address the gathering.
"I'm delighted to be the first," he said, referring to the enrobing ceremonies, and then proceeded to introduce and acknowledge his campaign committee and other volunteers.
Byram singled out Antonovich for praise because "he put his political head on the block by supporting me."
He offered special thanks to "Mr. and Mrs. Canyon Country," Ken and Anne Lynch, "whose support in Canyon Country pushed me over the top."
Byram wrapped up his remarks with a pledge: "I will truly fulfill the duties of the job, and hope to be here for many years to come."
Following the ceremonies, the Byrams hosted a luncheon at the Backwoods Inn in Canyon Country.