Chief Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet announced her candidacy to fill the unexpired term of Judge Paul Bonin on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Division B.
Judge Charbonnet was first elected to Municipal Court in 2007, and since has presided over thousands of criminal cases. She has earned a reputation for being tough on crime, but innovative in helping non-violent offenders overcome addiction and homelessness, or gain treatment for mental illness.
In 2012, her colleagues on the bench elected her Chief Judge to preside over the court en banc and manage its $4 million budget. She’s also earned accolades from the National Association of Women Judges and other legal organizations for her innovative approach to the resolution of prostitution/human trafficking cases.
She entered public service in 1997, becoming the first woman and first African American elected in Orleans Parish as Recorder of Mortgages, where she served for nearly 10 years.
Judge Charbonnet earned her law degree from Loyola University, where she also graduated with a Bachelors of Arts.
Judge Bonin was elected to Orleans Parish Criminal Court on Dec. 10.
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