By Alicia Lacy

The Cove Herald

The seat was warm and waiting for its next occupant, Trent Farrell.

Farrell was sworn-in as the 52nd District Court Judge Jan. 1 and an official swearing-in ceremony was held on Friday at the Coryell County Courthouse in Gatesville taking the place of Phillip Zeigler who held the position for 18 years.

“Most district judges are sworn in on the first,” Farrell said.

“I signed up in January 2008. I filed to run for this and no one filed to run against me. It was an honor to file and not have an opponent,” Farrell said.

After the ceremony on Friday, Farrell hit the ground running and took the bench presiding over a few cases the same day.

Farrell ran unopposed for the position in the Nov. 4, 2008 election.

A Gatesville native, Farrell graduated from Gatesville High School and continued his education at Baylor University. While at Baylor, Farrell studied political science and graduated in 1993 with his bachelor’s degree.

Shortly after graduation, Farrell began practicing law in Coryell and Bell counties specializing in civil, family law and criminal litigations. Farrell practiced in both counties until he was asked to join the district attorney’s office in Gatesville where he prosecuted felony cases. Following his tenure with the district attorney, Farrell began working with the county attorney and has worked there up until Dec. 31, 2008.

“It’s important that any hearing or trial I have that I handle those expeditiously, efficiently and effectively with professional integrity and impartiality for this position and for individuals that come in this court because that’s what they deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity,” Farrell said.

He said the photos of the previous district judges since 1897 gives him a “historical perspective at what an honor it is to be here.”

Farrell has three children with his wife whom he met while he attended Baylor.

Contact Alicia Lacy at or (254) 501-7476.

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