Court Approval Rating at 34%

Nov 18, 2013

Only about one-third of New Orleans residents approve of the Judges at Criminal District Court, according to a new report: “The city’s criminal courts are only slightly more popular. A steady 34 percent of survey respondents said they approved of the courts, with no gap at all between black and white residents. Chervenak argued the courts […]

CWN Investigates Top Donors to Judicial Campaigns

Nov 14, 2013

Inspired by recent media reports on campaign finance in Louisiana, Court Watch NOLA just finished publishing a series of Facebook posts researching the top donors to the campaigns of each Criminal District Court Judge… and the results were revealing. By cross-referencing top campaign donors with data gathered by Court Watch NOLA, we found that the […]

CWN Announces Support for Pretrial Services

Nov 07, 2013

Court Watch NOLA, along with dozens of other nonprofit and community groups, recently announced its support for the continuation of the New Orleans Pretrial Services program. This program uses national best practices in an effort to make sure that defendants who pose a risk to public safety are detained awaiting trial and that defendants who […]

Tulane Recognizes CWN

Oct 24, 2013

A Tulane leadership seminar is using Court Watch NOLA as a case study for how organizations can make change in our community. Thanks to our directors and volunteers for making that change over the past few years, and thanks to Tulane for the recognition!

NIC Preliminary Findings Mirror CWN Report, Praise Pretrial Services

Oct 18, 2013

The National Institute of Corrections’ very interesting preliminary findings on our criminal court and pretrial services program were presented to the City Council today. The NIC notes that court decisions are being made in chambers instead of in public view in the courtrooms, and there is “little transparency” in the court process. The NIC went […]

CWN Fall Volunteer Meeting

Sep 12, 2013

Some of Court Watch NOLA’s volunteers recently met with prominent criminal defense attorney Jason Williams to learn more about the courts, talk about their work, and share ideas. Thanks to Jason for joining us!

New Report Again Raises the Issue of “Right-Sizing” the Courts

Sep 03, 2013

In our 2012 Report, Court Watch NOLA highlighted that Criminal District Court may have too many judges, and urged a “community conversation” about right-sizing the court system. Now a new report from the Bureau of Governmental Research has ignited that conversation, and put a price tag on the possible excess: the public pays for 13 […]

CWN Presents History of Court Watching in St. Tammany

Aug 28, 2013

Court Watch NOLA presented to the St. Tammany League of Women Voters and other north shore citizen groups on August 27, explaining the mission, history and work not only of Court Watch NOLA, but of court monitoring groups across the country. Good luck to our friends on the north shore as they explore forming their […]

CWN Supports the NOPD Consent Decree

Sep 01, 2012

Court Watch NOLA recently announced its support for portions of the proposed consent decree in U.S. v. City of New Orleans, which could lead to valuable reforms within the New Orleans Police Department.

CWN Joins Forces with Delgado

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Delgado Community College’s Criminal Justice Program. Delgado students will now have the option of joining Court Watch NOLA’s other volunteers in observing New Orleans’ criminal courts and working to reform our criminal justice system.