Get Informed on 10/22 at the Judicial Candidates Forum!


Get informed before you vote! Court Watch NOLA and other community organizations are presenting a judicial candidates forum on Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Touro Synagogue. Lee Zurik will be moderating the forum and WYES will be webcasting it. Virtually all of the juvenile and criminal court candidates will be attending what should be an informative and interesting event. Join us!

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What Makes a Good Judge?

This is the question that voters, attorneys, judges, and legal scholars have been asking for years. And it is an especially important question to ask before voting in a judicial election. While the study of judicial effectiveness is as much an art as a science, Court Watch NOLA has a suggested answer to that question in its new op-ed piece on the Project Justice NOLA website.
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Learn More About Criminal Court Candidates

Learn more about the candidates for Criminal District Court judgeships by checking out WYES’ recent candidate interviews. The interview topics include timeliness, efficiency, accountability, and transparency, all subjects near and dear to Court Watch NOLA’s heart. You can also learn more about incumbent Judges by checking out CWN’s new “Elected Officials” pages (via the menu above). The Nov. 4 election may be voters’ only chance in the next six years to have a say in how Criminal District Court is run, so let’s make our decisions educated ones!

Court News: Ain’t Misbehavin’?

Court Watch NOLA’s court news roundup includes lots of alleged misbehavior this week. Congratulations to District Attorney Cannizzaro, who was re-elected after the Supreme Court ruled that his challenger was ineligible to run because he failed to show that he timely filed his recent tax returns. And the race for Section D got crazier when WDSU recorded Judge Marullo allegedly offering one of his challengers a courthouse job in exchange for dropping out of the race, though the Judge insisted that he was “setup.” Another potential corruption story also made the news, with yet another Criminal Court Clerk’s office employee being charged in an ongoing investigation into bail bonds practices at the courthouse.

CWN’s Data Now More User-Friendly

Court Watch NOLA is always trying to make it easier for the public to learn more about our elected officials. Over the past seven years, CWN has collected data and published reports to hold our public servants in the criminal justice system accountable, but we recognize that these lengthy reports are not as user-friendly as they could be for voters and other citizens. CWN, with the assistance of Baptist Community Ministries, is therefore proud to launch new, easier-to-use “Elected Officials” pages on its website.

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The Stage is Set for Criminal Court Elections

Now that qualifying is over, the stage is set for the fall’s election season at Criminal District Court. First, a big congratulations to Chief Judge Willard and Judges Flemings-Davillier, Landrum-Johnson, Pittman, Buras, Herman, Derbigny, Hunter and Zibilich, who have been re-elected without qualified opposition to additional six year terms. Judge Parker chose not to run for re-election, so Court Watch NOLA thanks and congratulates Judge Parker for his eighteen years of service on the bench.

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