Court Watch NOLA celebrated our amazing community volunteers last night with a skyline view, a four-foot poboy, and a party! Our community volunteers observed 435 days of court in 2014, more than a 10% increase over 2013. So thank you to our volunteers for their hard work, and to our Board of Directors for throwing a great party!
Congratulations to Judge Byron Williams, Criminal District Court Section G, who took the bench for the first time this morning. As the newest CDC Judge, he’ll be presiding over one of the attic courtrooms (with Sections A, F, and L also playing a game of musical chairs). Judge Williams was apparently eager to get started, beginning Court this morning at 8:15 on the dot. Continue reading
Friends and Supporters,
None of us want to return to the time when local government was ignored, unaccountable, and often ineffective.
Fortunately, since 2007 Court Watch NOLA’s vigilance has made New Orleans’ criminal courts more timely, professional, and efficient. The courtroom presence of CWN’s dedicated volunteers forces judges to start court on time, encourages professionalism, and saves taxpayers time and money by significantly reducing courthouse delays. These are factors that help ensure a transparent and fair system for everyone — victims, witnesses, defendants, family members, testifying police officers, and jurors. Continue reading
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!