Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal Article

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Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal is located in Louisiana
Baton Rouge (1st)
Baton Rouge (1st)
Shreveport (2nd)
Shreveport (2nd)
Lake Charles (3rd)
Lake Charles (3rd)
New Orleans (4th)
New Orleans (4th)
Gretna (5th)
Gretna (5th)
Court locations
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The Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal are the intermediate appellate courts for the state of Louisiana.

There are five circuits, each covering a different group of parishes. [1] Each circuit is subdivided into three districts. [2]

As with the Louisiana Supreme Court, the regular judicial terms on the courts of appeal are ten years.

The courts of appeal are housed in the following cities in Louisiana:

First Circuit – Baton Rouge. See Luther F. Cole, Douglas Gonzales, John Michael Guidry, Jefferson D. Hughes III, Samuel A. LeBlanc I, Morris Lottinger Jr., Morris Lottinger Sr., Albert Tate Jr., and J. Louis Watkins Jr.

Second Circuit – Shreveport. See H. Welborn Ayres, Walter O. Bigby, James E. Bolin, Henry Newton Brown Jr., Jeff Cox, Harmon Caldwell Drew, Harmon Drew Jr., A. B. George, Fred W. Jones Jr., Pike Hall Jr., George W. Hardy Jr., Robert F. Kennon, Cecil C. Lowe, Charles A. Marvin, J. Frank McInnis, William Norris, III, Charles B. Peatross, O. E. Price, Robert Roberts Jr., Carl E. Stewart, Lynn Kyle Watkins, and Jeffrey P. Victory.

Third Circuit – Lake Charles. See William A. Culpepper, Alfred Briggs Irion, Jeannette Knoll, Elizabeth Pickett, Albert Tate Jr., and Henry L. Yelverton.

Fourth Circuit – New Orleans. See Philip Ciaccio and Albert Estopinal Jr.

Fifth Circuit – Gretna. See Charles Grisbaum Jr., and Greg G. Guidry.


The Circuit Courts of Appeal have appellate jurisdiction over all civil matters, all matters appealed from family and juvenile courts, and most criminal cases that are tryable by a jury. A court of appeal also has supervisory jurisdiction to review interlocutory orders and decrees in cases which are heard in the trial courts within their geographical circuits. One unique feature of the Courts of Appeal of Louisiana is that they are able to review questions of fact, as well as questions of law, in civil cases. In appeals of criminal cases, however, the appellate jurisdiction of the courts of appeal extends only to questions of law. [2]

1st Circuit

Parishes Included:

Circuit Seat: First Circuit Courthouse ( Baton Rouge)

Current Judges [3]
Title Name District Subdistrict Election Section Division Party Term
Chief Judge Vanessa Guidry-Whipple 1 D Democrat 1991-
Circuit Judge Toni Manning Higginbotham 2 1 A Republican 2010-
Circuit Judge "Mike" McDonald 2 1 B Republican 2003-
Circuit Judge Jewel E. Welch 2 1 C Republican 2004-
Circuit Judge John Michael Guidry 2 2 D Democrat 1997-
Circuit Judge Guy Holdridge 1 1 C Republican 2015-
Circuit Judge John T. Pettigrew 1 A Democrat 1999- [4]
Circuit Judge Mitchell R. Theriot 1 B Republican 2012-
vacant vacant 1 C
Circuit Judge Wayne Ray Chutz 3 A Republican 2015-
Circuit Judge Page McClendon 3 B Republican 2002-
Circuit Judge Allison Hopkins Penzato [5] 3 C Republican 2017-
Circuit Judge William J. Crain 3 D Republican 2013-

2nd Circuit

Parishes Included: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Carroll, Winn

Circuit Seat: Second Circuit Courthouse ( Shreveport)

Current Judges [6]
Title Name District Election Section Division Party Term
Chief Judge Henry Brown 2 B Democrat 1991-
Circuit Judge Felicia Toney Williams 1 1 C Democrat 1993-
Circuit Judge John Larry Lolley 1 2 A Democrat 2003-
Circuit Judge D. Milton Moore, III 1 2 B Democrat 2002-
Circuit Judge "Jeff" Cox 2 C Republican 2017-
Circuit Judge R. Harmon Drew Jr. 2 A Democrat 1998-
Circuit Judge Shonda Stone 3 1 A Democrat 2016-
Circuit Judge Frances Pitman 3 2 B Republican 2013-
Circuit Judge Jeanette Garrett 3 2 C Independent 2013-

3rd Circuit

Parishes Included: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermilion, Vernon

Circuit Seat: Third Circuit Courthouse ( Lake Charles)

Current Judges [7]
Title Name District Election Section Division Party Term
Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux 2 1 C Democrat 1992-
Circuit Judge Elizabeth A. Pickett 1 A Democrat 1997-
Circuit Judge Van Kyzar 1 B Democrat 2017-
Circuit Judge Shannon Gremillion 1 C Democrat 2008-
Circuit Judge D. Kent Savoie 2 2 A Republican 2015-
Circuit Judge Billy H. Ezell 2 2 B Republican 2003-
Circuit Judge John Saunders 3 1 C Democrat 1993- [8]
Circuit Judge Sylvia R. Cooks 3 2 D Democrat 1992-
Circuit Judge John E. Conery 3 3 E Republican 2013-
Circuit Judge Marc Amy 3 4 F Democrat 1994-
Circuit Judge Phyllis Montgomery Keaty 3 5 A Republican 2010-
vacant vacant [9] 3 B

4th Circuit

Parishes Included: Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard

Circuit Seat: Fourth Circuit Courthouse ( New Orleans)

Current Judges [10]
Title Name District Division Party Term
Chief Judge James F. McKay, III at large Democrat 1998-
Circuit Judge Roland Belsome at large Democrat 2004-
Circuit Judge Edwin A. Lombard 1 A Democrat 2003-
vacant vacant 1 B
Circuit Judge Paula Brown 1 C Democrat 2017-
Circuit Judge Regina Bartholomew-Woods 1 D Democrat 2017-
Circuit Judge Terri F. Love 1 E Democrat 2000-
Circuit Judge Madeleine M. Landrieu 1 F Democrat 2010-
Circuit Judge Rose Ledet 1 G Democrat 2010-
Circuit Judge Sandra Cabrina Jenkins 1 H Democrat 2012-
Circuit Judge Joyce Cossich Lobrano 2 A Republican 2010-
Circuit Judge Daniel L. Dysart 3 A Democrat 2010-

5th Circuit

Parishes Included: Jefferson, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist

Circuit Seat: Fifth Circuit Courthouse ( Gretna)

Current Judges [11]
Title Name District Election Section Division Party Term
Chief Judge Susan M. Chehardy 1 D Republican 1998-
Circuit Judge Marc E. Johnson 1 2 C Democrat 2009-
Circuit Judge Fredericka Homberg Wicker 1 B Republican 2006-
Circuit Judge Stephen J. Windhorst 1 E Republican 2012-
Circuit Judge Hans Liljeberg 1 F Republican 2012-
Circuit Judge Robert M. Murphy 1 G Republican 2013-
Circuit Judge Jude G. Gravois 2 H Democrat 2011-
Circuit Judge Robert A. Chaisson 3 I Democrat 2011-


  1. ^ Map of judicial circuits of the Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal
  2. ^ a b Louisiana State Judiciary homepage
  3. ^ "Judges". Louisiana Court of Appeal First Circuit, 22 Nov. 2016. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
  4. ^ "John Pettigrew". Bloomberg. Accessed 3 Apr. 2017.
  5. ^ Daily Report Staff. "Alford: Women have monopoly on upcoming Louisiana judicial elections". BusinessReport, 7 Mar. 2017. Accessed 3 Apr. 2017
  6. ^ "Court Personnel Overview". Court of Appeal, Second Circuit State of Louisiana. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
  7. ^ "Personnel Directory: Judges". State of Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
  8. ^ "John Saunders". Bloomberg. Accessed 3 Apr. 2017
  9. ^ Duchmann, Holly. "Genovese wins LA 3rd District Supreme Court seat". DailyWorld, 9 Nov. 2016. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
  10. ^ "Judicial Biography: Active Judges". State of Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
  11. ^ "Court Personnel". Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.

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