Louisiana Supreme Courtroom has a brand new chief justice, John Weimer


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Courtroom has a brand new chief justice.

John Weimer, 66, of Thibodaux, took the oath of workplace this month because the state’s twenty sixth chief justice. A ceremony marking his investiture was held in New Orleans on Thursday. Weimer fills the seat vacated by Bernette Joshua Johnson, who retired Dec. 31 after serving 26 years on the excessive court docket.

“I really feel a profound sense of humility and the popularity of the duty of service,” Weimer stated. “I’ve served with three chief justices who’ve made their mark on the judiciary in particular methods … I’ve discovered a lot from every of them, and I promise to work exhausting to be devoted to the ideas of impartiality, independence and equity whereas pursuing justice and appearing with integrity simply as my predecessors did.”

The Courier stories that Gov. John Bel Edwards, who spoke at Thursday’s ceremony, stated Weimer is changing into Louisiana’s highest jurist throughout one in every of historical past’s most troublesome intervals, with a worldwide pandemic raging.

“John Weimer is the appropriate particular person to steer this court docket throughout these difficult instances,” the Democratic governor stated.

The brand new chief justice rose shortly by judicial ranks. Weimer grew to become a state district choose for the seventeenth District in Thibodaux in 1995, earlier than being elected to Louisiana’s 1st Circuit Courtroom of Enchantment in 1998. He was elected to the state Supreme Courtroom in 2001 throughout a particular election. He was re-elected to 10-year phrases with out opposition in 2002 and 2012.

Weimer ran as a Democrat by 2002, however with out occasion affiliation in 2012.

His Supreme Courtroom district consists of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Assumption, Iberia, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes and a part of Jefferson Parish.

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