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21st JDC officials celebrate retiring Judge Doug Hughes

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2019 | Views: 1707

21st JDC officials celebrate retiring Judge Doug Hughes

LIVINGSTON---On Monday evening the 21st Judicial District came together to celebrate and say goodbye to Judge Doug Hughes.

Hughes announced his retirement last month after serving nearly 24 years on the bench.

Attended by over 150 people in a rainstorm, the reception was held at the Livingston Parish Courthouse.

Speakers included Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, St. Helena Parish Sheriff Nat Williams, Clerks of Court Jason Harris (Livingston) and Mildred Cyprian (St. Helena), Chief Deputy Clerk of Court Alicia Fussell (Tangipahoa), District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, and Judge Hughes’ sister Judge Charlotte Foster.

Chief Judge Bob Morrison served as Master of Ceremonies. “We’re sad to lose Doug on the bench but happy for him as he enters retirement. We’ll begin our program today in typical Judge Hughes fashion…Let’s rock and roll!”

Sheriff Daniel Edwards, whose wife, Judge Blair Edwards served with Hughes in the 21st, shared how Hughes impacted he and his wife during Hughes’ time as juvenile judge.

Speaking to Hughes, Edwards said, “Most impressive was the way you handled juveniles. You always took your time to try and make a difference in a child’s life, and that made a huge impression on my wife Blair when she first practiced under you.”

Edwards continued, “Judge Doug was always very fair to the men and women of law enforcement. As sheriff I truly appreciate that.”

St. Helena Clerk of Court Mildred Cyprian spoke on behalf of the men and women of St. Helena Parish saying, “Doug Hughes may have been raised a Livingston Parish boy but he quickly became a St. Helena man, one of our own.”

She continued, “From the bottom of our St. Helena hearts Judge Doug, we thank you and we love you!”

Sitting behind the podium were judges from the 21st JDC including Hughes’ sister Judge Charlotte Foster, who was elected to the bench in 2016. Hughes and Foster were the first brother-sister duo to serve together in Louisiana’s judicial history.

“I know very soon someone deserving will be the new judge for Division D, but to me, it will always belong to “Brother Doug”, Foster said.

Judge Hughes took the podium to conclude the program.

“I would offer some advice to future judges. First, always remember that being a judge is not who you are, it’s what you do. Secondly, litigants come to court scared to death. Always be compassionate.”

Hughes wrapped up by addressing the audience, many of whom had worked with Hughes since he was first elected in 1995: “I’m so thankful for 24 years on the bench and it’s truly been an honor to serve as Judge for Division D. Most of all I’m privileged to call you friends.”
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