WBOK Guest Appearances

Court Watch NOLA had a wonderful time making two recent guest appearances on WBOK 1230 AM radio shows! On October 27, 2015, we appeared on the Grapevine Radio Show with host Grayland. Click here to listen in. We appear at about the 7:00 minute of the clip. On November 6, 2015, we had the additional pleasure of appearing on the The Good Morning Show and answering some very important questions from callers! You can listen in here.

Release of New 2014 Report & Data

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. The longer a case takes, the more likely that key evidence and witnesses are lost. Court delays require police to spend more time in court and less time on patrol. For defendants awaiting trial, delays mean an unfair and expensive proposition with taxpayers paying for pretrial incarceration and indigent defendants who cannot pay their bail remaining incarcerated, whether innocent or not. Court Watch Nola’s 2014 Efficiency Report focuses on reduction of courtroom delays to promote fairness, public safety, and cost-effective provision of public resources. 

Also, for the first time ever, Court Watch NOLA has released cutting-edge statistics about the criminal justice system. With the release of these 2014 Data and Statistics, Court Watch NOLA takes a concrete step forward in providing the people of New Orleans greater transparency into the Orleans Criminal District Court.

Click here to read The Advocate’s article.

Court Watch NOLA Has Hired A New Program Coordinator

September has been a busy month for Court Watch NOLA. Among the many changes, attorney Veronica Lam was hired for the newly created position of Program Coordinator. Veronica has worked and volunteered in prosecutorial, defense, and nonprofit offices across the U.S. before joining the CWN family. As Program Coordinator, Veronica is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CWN and is also involved in development efforts. You can find Veronica’s contact information on the “Staff” page, or by clicking here: http://www.courtwatchnola.org/staff/.

Court Watch NOLA hires a new Executive Director

Court Watch NOLA hired a new executive director in August 2015. Simone Levine is a lawyer who has served as both a prosecutor and a public defender before coming to Court Watch NOLA. She came to Court Watch NOLA right after serving as the Deputy Police Monitor of New Orleans in the Office of the Independent Police Monitor. Simone worked in the Office of the Independent Police Monitor for over four years before coming to Court Watch NOLA.


Support CWN on May 5 / GiveNOLA Day

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Friends and Supporters,

Over 100 Court Watch NOLA volunteers observed over 1000 mornings of court last year, showing our public servants and elected officials that New Orleanians from all walks of life want an accountable, efficient and respectful criminal justice system. Their observations led to two groundbreaking reports, which showed that while Criminal District Court is becoming more efficient, it needs to provide better customer service to the hundreds of New Orleanians – including jurors, witnesses, defendants, victims and families – who walk through its doors each day.

On this Tuesday, May 5, GiveNOLA Day, please consider supporting our volunteers’ efforts by making a 100% tax-deductible contribution to Court Watch NOLA. Even $25 will help us forcefully advocate for criminal justice reform. You can maximize your support using this link from 12:01 a.m. to midnight on May 5, when all donations will be eligible for a percentage match. You can also make a secure, tax-deductible contribution anytime using the “Donate” button on the right.

In the meantime, read our Spring Newsletter to find out more about the critical work Court Watch NOLA volunteers are doing this Spring, including our Volunteer of the Month and Observation of the Month. And thank you as always for your friendship and support,

Brad Cousins
Executive Director


CWN Welcomes Sheriff Gusman to Spring Volunteer Meeting


Court Watch NOLA welcomed Sheriff Marlin Gusman to our community volunteer meeting today. Sheriff Gusman discussed the new jail facility, how to make the criminal courthouse even more secure, and the importance of re-entry programs that help soon-to-be-released incarcerated persons successfully transition to civilian life. Our thanks to Sheriff Gusman and his deputies for their time and dedication.

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Nuremberg Courtroom 600: Where World War II Ended [Guest Post]

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By Eugene B. Kordahl[1]

Why Visit Courtroom 600?

Why would a Court Watcher be interested in visiting the famous Nuremberg Palace of Justice’s courtroom 600? Because it was here that, after World War II ended, Nazi war criminals were brought to justice in dramatic trials held by Allied military tribunals.

13 major trials of alleged war criminals were held in courtroom 600 between November 20, 1945 and October 1, 1949, and had we at Court Watch NOLA been around at the time, our eyes and ears would have been full of untold astounding facts, exhibits, and statements. Continue reading