Indian-American Janki V Sharma was appointed as the new full-time magistrate judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Pennington County of South Dakota.
Magistrate judge Sharma will assist the circuit courts in disposing of minor criminal cases and civil suits.
“My journey to the bench has been extremely rewarding. I am honored to serve the people of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in South Dakota. In my humble opinion, a judge is, first and foremost, a public servant, and public service is where my heart lies. I always wanted a lifelong career in public service, so I am grateful for the judicial appointment,” she told India Today.
Sharma took oath of office on Ramayan. “I was born into a priest family from Muzzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.I grew up learning Ramayan, so taking the Judicial Oath on Ramayan was a decision that came quite naturally to me. In addition, my grandfather, Brahmarishi Pandit Jagmohan Maharaj was a dedicated Ramayan singer and so is my father, Pandit Vishvamohan Maharaj,” she added.
Judge Sharma was born in India. In 1995, her parents moved to Ahmedabad and in 2001, she immigrated to the US.