Justice Richard Darby

Supreme Court Judicial District 9

Richard Darby currently serves as Chief Justice for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Appointed by Governor Mary Fallin in April of 2018, Justice Darby serves the Court for District Nine which is located in southwest Oklahoma and reaches up to and includes Canadian County. He also is a member of the Appellate Division of the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary. Justice Darby previously was district judge a total of twenty three years for the Third Judicial District which includes five counties surrounding Altus. First as Special Judge for four years, then Associate District Judge for four years, Darby has now served the Oklahoma judicial branch for over thirty years.

Darby received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1984, and practiced law in Altus prior to beginning his judicial career. Before law school Justice Darby graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received a B.A. in political science. As a child, Darby worked for the family furniture store in Duke, started by his grandfather in 1906. His fondest memories are trips to Altus after work for nine holes of golf with his dad and two older brothers, followed by dinner at their favorite restaurant.

Darby is married to Dr. Dana Darby who is head of school for Altus Christian Academy. They are proud parents of two adult sons, Ben and Jonathan. Darby and his wife both grew up in Duke, Oklahoma.

He is a prior President of the Altus Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year, and Oklahoma Court Reporters Association Judge of the Year.

Staff of Justice Darby

Administrative Assistant Angela McAllister 405-556-9333

News Mentions

Swearing-In Ceremony

January 17, 2023

Chief Justice John Kane, IV was sworn in as Chief by Justice Darby. Chief Justice Kane is the great-grandson of a member of Oklahoma’s first Supreme Court: Chief Justice Matthew John Kane I, whose portrait hangs in the court. The Chief’s family was present for the ceremony.

Medal of Service Awarded

January 8, 2023

Former Chief Justice Darby received a medal of service from Senior Justice Kauger.  Thank you, Justice Darby for your service.  

Swearing-in Ceremony

September 29, 2022

On September 29, 2022, the Chief Justice conducted the swearing-in ceremony for the State’s newest lawyers with the entirety of the Court present.  Congratulations to our new members. 

Published Opinions

- Authored by Justice Richard Darby

This list contains published opinions in which the Justice is the author of the majority opinion. This is not an exhaustive list of works by the Justice. Per Curium opinons, secondary writings and general orders are not included.

the gavel denotes service as Chief Justice.