By WWL Newsroom | WWL Radio.com | February 28, 2020
The public now has a new way to find details about the salaries of Louisiana state judges.
President of New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission, Rafael Goyeneche, announced Today a new search engine on the Crime Commission’s website which lists the judicial financial disclosure statements of every state judge.
Goyeneche says every state judge like all elected officials in the state, submit a salary disclosure to the Louisiana Supreme Court which outlings details of how they get paid.
“But the Supreme Court doesn’t post those online you have to make a public records request, which really has a chilling impact on the intent of these financial disclosures, because you want the public to have access to them,” said Goyeneche.
He says the data base contains the financial disclosures of all 298 judges, over the past five years.
“So if you want to take a look at a judge that is presiding over your case to see if they may have a financial conflict of interest, you can do that now for the judiciary in the same manner as you can any other elected officials in the state of Louisiana,” Goyeneche said.