By LaBetha Casey
The Stonewall Community Center was the setting for the June 16, 2022 meeting of DeSoto Parish Republicans.
The guest speaker for the noon meeting was Judge Frances Pitman who is seeking re-election for 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals which has 9 elected judges. Though the 2nd District hears appeals cases for 20 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, her area covers Caddo, DeSoto and Red River Parishes, and includes 3 elected judges. The term for this position is for ten years. At present, she has no known opponents and the filing date to qualify is July 20-22. She was accompanied by her husband, Judge Mike Pitman, who presides as a Caddo District judge.
Judge Pitman began her power point presentation by citing Deut. 1:17 “Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you.” Her presentation was a very good civics lesson and informative as she described the various duties, differences, and other information regarding Federal, state and local judicial system. The Louisiana Court structure includes Louisiana Supreme Court, appeal courts, district courts, juvenile courts, family courts, city/parish courts, mayor’s courts and Justices of the peace. Appeals courts do not conduct trials, but they review the record of the trial courts for errors of law.
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