Minden native now sits on 26th Judicial District bench

The 26th Judicial District has a new judge.

Minden native Lane Pittard was sworn in during a mid-Thursday afternoon ceremony by 26th Judicial District Court Judge Charles Jacobs of Springhill. For the past 14 years, Pittard has served as the lead prosecutor at the Bossier-Webster District Attorney’s office. He was considered one of the most successful prosecutors in the DA’s office.

During his time in the DA’s office, he served as first assistant to Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin.

With his hand on his mother’s Bible and his wife Adelise looking on (along with other family members), Pittard took the ceremonial oath in front of a standing room only crowd in the Police Jury Room at the Bossier Parish Court House in Benton.

Officially, Judge Pittard was sworn in mid November – as he had to be officially sworn in and begin his official duties as judge within 30 days of his Oct. 14 election victory over opponent Cynthia Carroll-Bridges. However, Thursday’s swearing in ceremony was necessary, and in Pittard’s own words” this one is for my family and my supporters.”

Judge Pittard replaces longtime Judge Jeff Cox on the 26th Judicial District bench. Judge Cox is now on the Louisiana Circuit Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit.



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