CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| OCTOBER 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
First Judicial District Court Judge Scott Crichton was elected President of the Louisiana District Court Judges Association (LDJA) during the Louisiana Judges Fall Conference held in New Orleans, October 2-4, 2011. The LDJA is a professional, non-profit corporation established in 1981 that has a membership of 230 judges. All Louisiana district judges with general jurisdiction and judges of juvenile and family courts are eligible for membership.
The mission of the LDJA includes, among other things, the administration of justice, representation for the interest of judges and the professional development of the membership to provide the greatest access to fair, just and responsive trial courts.
Judge Crichton is serving his 21st year as judge with the First Judicial District Court. Having served on both the civil and criminal divisions, Judge Crichton has presided over hundreds of jury trials and well over a thousand hearings and bench trials. He received his B.S. degree in 1976 from Louisiana State University (LSU) and a J.D. degree in 1980 from Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center.
Prior to his election to the bench in 1990, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Caddo Parish for a decade and maintained a civil practice. He has served as Chairman of the continuing legal education committees for the Shreveport Bar Association and LDJA and served as a member of the Diversity Committee for the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as adjunct instructor of Business Law at LSU-Shreveport. He presently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court on the Judicial Canons and the Louisiana Judicial College Board of Governors.
A frequent speaker for the Louisiana Judicial College, Judge Crichton also teaches a teen consequences program “Don’t Let This Be You”, which he created and has presented to more than 15,000 teenagers, parents, and teachers at various Shreveport schools, churches, and community groups. He has recently designed another program, “Sexting, Texting and Beyond”, which addresses electronic crimes and related misbehavior.
Other officers comprising the 2011-2012 Executive Committee of the LDJA are 9th Judicial District Court Judge Harry F. Randow, First Vice President; 22nd Judicial District Court Judge Raymond Childress, Second Vice President; 15th Judicial District Court Judge Jules Edwards, Secretary; and 15th Judicial District Court Judge Marilyn Castle, Treasurer.