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Chief Judge Paulette Irons

The Honorable Paulette R. Irons has been selected by her peers as the new Chief Judge of Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Irons will serve as Chief Judge for a two-year term during which she will now supervise all administrative functions of the Court while continuing to handle a full General Docket.

Chief Judge Irons was elected to the bench in Division "M" of Orleans Parish Civil District Court on September 18, 2004. Judge Irons officially took over Division "M" on October 22, 2004 and was assigned to the Domestic Relations Section II Docket. On March 1, 2010 Judge Irons moved to the General Docket where she currently presides over complex litigation including both Judge and Jury Trials. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Judge Irons graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, from Loyola University with a degree in Business Administration and Tulane University Law School.

Prior to her ascent to the judiciary, Judge Irons was the second female State Senator in Louisiana when elected in November 1994. While in the Senate Irons served on the Education, Insurance, Judiciary B, and Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committees. She was an at-large member of the Bond Commission and Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children. In 2004 Irons was elected Senate Vice Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus. She served at the Governor's pleasure on several task forces, including the Louisiana Women's Commission, the HIV/AIDS Commission, and the Council on Obesity Prevention and Management.

As a lawmaker Irons has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. She received the 2004 Women Organized and Mobilized for Empowerment Now (W.O.M.E.N., Inc.) Legacy Award, and was a 2004 honoree of the Welfare Rights Organization in New Orleans. She received the 2004 Desjardins Financial Literacy Award from the Credit Union National Association for her advocacy on youth financial education. Home Box Office (HBO) honored Irons during Black History Month 2004, recognizing her as one of 10 notable black women leaders, in the 'Hearing Her Voice, Telling Her Story' National competition. She received the 2001 Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government and was featured in Family Circle Magazine because of her work to decrease teen pregnancy. She was also one of four nationwide to be chosen to spend 2 months in Japan as a 2000-2001 Japan Society Fellow. Judge Irons is the wife of Alvin Irons, the mother of Marseah and Paul, and the grandmother of six boys.

CDC Judges and Staff Roll Up Their Sleeves To Give The Gift Of Life

Judge Clare Jupiter is the first to give blood during a recent CDC blood drive held this fall as several catastrophic hurricanes and other events depleted the blood supply nationwide. The courtroom of Judge Ethel Simms-Julien which was temporarily converted into a blood donor center for a day by Blood Center technicians. More than two dozen people donated blood during the day long drive.

CDC Division "C" Minute Clerk, Thais George-Robinson, prepares for the big stick!

More CDC Blood Drive...

A Blood Center technician prepares to take blood from CDC Judge Chris Bruno during a recent CDC blood drive.

CDC Division "L" Court Crier, Cynthia Sylvas, stopped by to make a donation...

...And Division "C" Crier, Dedra Gourrier, is happy to give the gift of life!

CDC Judges Take Part In Night Out Against Crime

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison is flanked by Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judges Rachel Johnson (left) and Keisha Ervin-Knott (right) during the annual Night Out Against Crime kickoff at Joe Brown Park in east New Orleans.

First City Court Judge Angelique Reed poses with Mayor Mitch Landrieu during the annual Night Out Against Crime kickoff at Joe Brown Park in east New Orleans.