With friends and family watching, Joshua Paul Bannister, Esq. was sworn in as the newest City Court Judge of Little Falls, NY at a ceremony held Sunday evening at City Hall. The Hon. Judge Mark Rose administered the oath of affirmation.

Bannister is a native of Herkimer County and a Marine Officer, serving our country with three deployments to the Middle East. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2015.

“The first time I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States was about 19 years ago when I enlisted in the Marines,” remembers Bannister. The 40-year-old husband and father proudly continues; “Today, as City Court
Judge, I add the City of Little Falls Charter and local laws to the oath of office and believe my experiences as a Marine and litigator will help me in this next role of public service.”

Judge Bannister is an active member of the Herkimer County Bar Association, serving as Secretary; he also serves as a part-time Assistant Public Defender in Montgomery County. He takes over for the Hon. Joy Malone, who retired as
City Court Judge at the end of last year. Judge Bannister’s first day on the bench is Thursday, January 20th, 2022.

The City of Little Falls Court is part of the New York State Unified Court System’s 5th Judicial District; this district serves Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties and its District Administrative Judge is the Hon. James P. Murphy, JSC.