Every election, tens of thousands of registered New Orleanians fail to vote in judicial elections. Some are focused on the top of the ticket, and some don’t feel educated enough about judicial candidates. Fortunately, Court Watch NOLA is here to provide you with the resources you need to make an educated decision. So check these out and remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4:
- Court Watch NOLA’s own “Elected Officials” pages include information about and rankings of incumbent Criminal District Court Judges;
- Our recent Project Justice NOLA Op-Ed discusses what makes a good judge;
- Court Watch NOLA also co-sponsored a juvenile and criminal court candidates forum that you can watch online;
- WYES interviewed the criminal court candidates on key issues, like efficiency and timeliness, that CWN has raised in its reports; and
- The Lens’ Voter Guide includes links to CWN information as well as documents and important news stories about the candidates.
And check out more news and notes from CWN’s October newsletter!
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!
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.
Thanks to your support, Court Watch NOLA is shaking things up!
This morning we released our newest report, titled Fair, Functional & Friendly: Citizen Suggestions for Making Orleans Parish Criminal District Court More User-Friendly and Procedurally Fair for Witnesses, Families, and the General Public.
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!
Did the NOPD have probable cause to arrest the alleged shooter of officer Jonathan Smith for another, earlier shooting? This nola.com article is a great primer on what “probable cause” really means, what the police need to show to meet the “PC” standard, and how Judges can hold the police accountable for meeting this standard.