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2000 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 599-0319

 JULY 17, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero. Jr. announced today the Louisiana Supreme Court's recent establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Creation of a Judicial Oversight Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee has been charged with studying and then recommending to the Court whether a permanent Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee should be created to serve as a resource for judicial candidates and to help facilitate ethical campaigning in Louisiana for judicial office. Information from the American Judicature Society indicates that seven other states have created similar committees.

During the course of its review, the Ad Hoc Committee will be studying the following issues, among others: (1) the duties and authority to be given to such a committee; (2) whether such a committee should be charged with educating judicial candidates in appropriate judicial campaign conduct; (3) whether judicial candidates should be asked to sign a pledge to engage in ethical campaign conduct; and (4) whether and how such a committee can expeditiously address ethical concerns which often arise during judicial campaigns.

It is anticipated that a public hearing will be held in mid-September at which the public and interested parties will be invited to comment on a tentative proposal for creating a permanent Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee. Thereafter, the Ad Hoc Committee will consider the comments received at the public hearing and report its final recommendations to the Court.

The members of the Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Creation of a Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee are: Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., Co-Chair; Retired Judge Graydon K. Kitchens, Jr., Co-Chair; Judge Melvin A. Shortess; Judge Anne Lennan Simon; Judge Wilson R. Ramshur; Judge Eugene W. Bryson, Jr.; Judge Jimmy N. Dimos; Judge Ronald D. Cox; Judge Ernestine S. Gray; Senator Jay Dardenne; Representative Arthur A. Morrell; Harry S. Hardin, III; John S. Keller; John B. Scofield; Professor T. Wayne Parent; Barry Irwin; James C. Brandt; Sibal S. Holt; and E. Phelps Gay.

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