Court Watch NOLA is ringing in the New Year with a 2016 data sheet which our trained court watchers will use to monitor the Orleans Criminal District Court. We welcome feedback or questions from any stakeholders of the Orleans Parish criminal justice system, including the general public, judges, district attorneys, defense attorneys, court personnel, sheriff deputies, department of corrections officers, victims of crimes, and New Orleans Police Department officers. We are also pleased to announce that Court Watch NOLA will be expanding its monitoring activities to Orleans Municipal and Magistrate Courts in 2016! We wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Anderson Baker, III, one of Court Watch NOLA’s board members and President of Gillis, Ellis & Baker, was named to the Multinational Board of Directors of Assurex Global during its recent 2015 Shareholder’s Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Assurex Global is the world’s largest privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group.
Anderson Baker joined GEB in 1982 after graduating from Tulane University. His extensive experience is reflected in the many personal and commercial insurance clients. In addition to developing many of the innovative insurance and risk management solutions offered by GEB, Anderson is known for creating the first Louisiana domiciled captive insurance company in 2010.
Anderson Baker is the fourth representative of Gillis, Ellis & Baker to serve on the Assurex board. Previous G.E. B. Assurex Board Members were Gary Gillis, Jr. (1955-1958); Richard P. Ellis (1973-1976); and William Baker (1984-1987.)
“Anderson’s experience and enthusiasm will add great value to the board; we are excited to have him join us as we continue to progress as a business development and sales support organization for our outstanding Partners,” Assurex Global President & CEO, Jim Hackbarth, said.
We at Court Watch NOLA are immensely grateful for contributions to support our cause: ensuring direct accountability, transparency, and fairness in Orleans Criminal Courts. Please consider helping Court Watch NOLA this holiday season by any of three ways:
1) BECOME a volunteer court watcher by signing up here;
2) DONATE by clicking here or sending a check to P.O. Box 750633, New Orleans, LA 70175-0633; or
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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.
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 is hopeful that the reopening of the docks will allow for safer transportation of prisoners into the Orleans Criminal District Court. Executive Director Simone Levine relayed a concern expressed by some court personnel and judges to Fox 8 News. For more information, click here.
Court Watch Nola’s Executive Director Simone Levine speaks out about the importance of monitoring the criminal court system on WHIV LP 102.3 FM’s JAC Radio Hour. Adrienne Wheeler of the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana and Simone Levine discuss CWN’s history, initiatives for the near future, and how to become involved. “Court watchers are New Orleans.”
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/.
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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.