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.
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.
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.