NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It appears lawmakers will have to wait a bit longer before they will get any clarity on whether Louisiana has too many district and city court judges.
A committee of lawmakers, lawyers, judges and private citizens, after three years of studying where to cut or at least how to shuffle existing judgeships, concluded more study is needed.
The Times-Picayune reports the study's ambiguity could jeopardize any chance that judgeships would be eliminated or transferred to underserved jurisdictions before this fall's statewide elections.
Lawmakers asked for a report on the state's three parish courts and five appellate court circuits by February 2012 and another on the state's 97 city and district courts to be finished by Feb. 15. The committee met the first deadline, but missed the second.