At Court Watch NOLA, we’re reforming the criminal court system through civic observation and reporting

Holding New Orleans’ criminal court system accountable

Since 2007, Court Watch NOLA has recruited, trained, and supported volunteers in observing and reporting on whether Orleans Parish Criminal Court judges, prosecutors, public defenders are doing their jobs transparently, ethically, and constitutionally.

WE ARE SEEN

Volunteer Court Watchers wear bright yellow lanyards identifying themselves and carry bright yellow clipboards.

Their daily presence in the courtroom helps identify systemic problems while sending the message that we care about making the court system just.

WHY WE DO IT

Ensuring that our public officials are held accountable for their day-to-day decisions and actions is a basic tenant of American democracy.

Each story of a Court Watcher’s day in court is uploaded to our database, where Court Watch NOLA aggregates the data and compares a court’s operations to national best practices.

WHY WE DO IT

All Eyes On Justice

Our 2020 Annual Report explores the topics of history, accessibility, and efficiency of the Orleans Parish criminal courts and the larger criminal justice system.

Our Impact

Over the past 14 years, Court Watch NOLA has recruited, educated, trained, and supported more than a thousand volunteers in observing and reporting on whether our judges, prosecutors, public defenders, sheriff deputies, police officers, and other criminal justice actors are doing their jobs professionally, transparently, fairly, and economically.

IN THE NEWS
December 17, 2021 in Uncategorized

Prison Phone Companies Are Recording Attorney-Client Calls Across the US

Securus’ audits in New York, however, revealed more than 100 Brooklyn defense attorney phone numbers did not wind up on…
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June 11, 2021 in Report

2020 Courts in Review Report

2020 profoundly impacted our community, challenging each of us uniquely. For the first time in over a century, our country…
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April 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

BREAKING: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Immunity For Cannizzaro

BREAKING: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied District Attorney Cannizzaro's request for immunity. Defendants argue that creating and issuing…
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