by Monica Dellihoue and Anitra D. Brown
On Nov 4, 2014, New Orleans constituents will head to the poles for several important judicial elections, including two sections of Criminal District Court, four sections Civil District Court, including both dedicated Domestic sections, and a section of Juvenile Court. At total of 20 candidates are vying for the seven seats.
In many ways, the issues are similar. In judicial candidates, voters are looking for fair and competent jurists that will use the court’s time and resources in an effective manner. They want leaders that are connected to the community. And in those courts where criminal cases are heard, they want judges they can trust to be uncompromising, while also recognizing that in certain cases incarceration is not always the answer for dealing with every case that comes before them.
Early voting takes place from Oct 21-Oct. 28 (except Sunday) at select locations across the city. For more details on times and location, go to the Our Town section on page 16 of this issue of The New Orleans Tribune.