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2013 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 SEPTEMBER 3, 2013


In response to today’s release of a report by the Bureau of Governmental Research, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson issued the following statement:

“While the Court is aware of studies by the Bureau of Governmental Research and other groups who have concerns about the appropriate number of state judges, our work is guided by HCR 143 wherein the Legislature, in keeping with its constitutional responsibility to create and fund judgeships, requested the Supreme Court to ‘conduct a comprehensive study of the caseload data and the number of judges of each appellate court, district court, parish court, and city court in Louisiana to determine changes necessary to the existing structure of the judiciary to provide the most efficient use of judicial resources,...’ In response, the Louisiana Supreme Court created the HCR 143 Committee (143 Committee). Chaired by Senator Edwin Murray (D-New Orleans), the 143 Committee is made up of a diverse group of legislators from both the house and the senate, judges from different levels of court, representatives from the private bar, and citizens from the community. The committee has been meeting diligently for two years and is scheduled to complete its work by February 2014. Before concluding its work, the 143 Committee will hold a public hearing at the Capitol in Baton Rouge in October specifically to receive information and input from the public. Senator Murray’s Committee has spent countless hours reviewing pertinent information, and I am certain the committee members, as well as the Judicial Council, will be interested in reviewing the recently-released Bureau of Governmental Research report. However, ultimately, the state legislature is tasked with the creation and funding of judgeships which is why the Supreme Court will be guided by the work of the 143 Committee. We believe it is important to allow the 143 Committee to finish its work, and we look forward to reviewing the culmination of the Committee’s efforts and its recommendations.”

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