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State of Louisiana

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Louisiana

Campaign Oversight

In 2002, the Louisiana Supreme Court created a judicial campaign oversight committee. The committee consists of fifteen members appointed by the supreme court, including lawyers, retired judges, and lay people. Members serve four-year terms. The committee has no enforcement power or disciplinary authority, but it can issue public statements if at least two thirds of its member find that the code of judicial conduct has been violated. Candidates are asked to sign an acknowledgment that they will follow the code of judicial conduct and campaign ethically. The committee also conducts seminars throughout the state to educate judges and judicial candidates about ethical campaign conduct.