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Judge Doug Hughes retires from bench Sunday

Judge Doug Hughes retires from bench Sunday

Author: Action News 17/Friday, June 28, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories



AMITE---Judge Doug Hughes will retire effective June 30, 2019.

Hughes has served nearly 24 years on the bench in the 21st Judicial District, which includes Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.

“It’s been a great run,” Hughes said. “It was my dream from as far back as law school to serve as a judge. I’ve had that chance since I was 36 years old. Now I want to take advantage of some unique opportunities with my family.”

Because he is retiring by June 30, the election to replace Hughes can be held October 12, so the state doesn’t incur the expense of a special election.

Hughes was elected in October 1995 to replace Judge Jimmy Kuhn who was elected to the First Circuit Court of Appeal. His first years were in Family and Juvenile Court.

“Juvenile Court was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time on the bench,” Hughes said. “It’s where you actually feel like you can make a difference in kids’ lives. I’ve seen that happen--lives changed for the good.” Hughes moved to a Criminal/Civil docket in 1997.

The Denham Springs native is the son of the late Dr. Milton Hughes, who served 44 years on the Livingston Parish School Board, and the late Gloria Grantham Hughes. In 2016, Judge Hughes’ sister, Charlotte Hughes Foster, was elected to the 21st Judicial District Court, making them the first siblings to serve on the bench together in Louisiana.

Hughes said, “I’ve always tried to be fair, and to always remember that when I’m looking at a long docket, each one of those cases is life changing for someone. It’s personal – and as a judge I have to treat each one with that in mind.”

“I’m going to miss my courtroom, that’s for certain. But being a judge is my job; it’s not who I am,” Hughes said. “My daughter is living and working in Washington DC, and my son is a college student in Mississippi--my wife and I plan to travel and spend more time with them. We want to enjoy this season of our lives.”
 
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