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D.A. Charles Scott
Caddo Parish, La. District Attorneys Association

Charles Scott is the District Attorney for Caddo Parish (First Judicial District, State of La.) and President, Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. He is also Chairman of the North Louisiana Crime Lab (serving 29 parishes in North La.) and a Member of the Governor’s Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board.

He is a former President of the Louisiana District Judges Association and was a District Judge for 25 years, serving five years as Chief Judge, First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish) and is a former President, of the Second Circuit Judges’ Association. Scott was first elected as Judge to the Shreveport City Court before serving on the District Court. He has also served as a Judge Ad Hoc, for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

He received his undergraduate education at Northwestern State University in his hometown of Natchitoches and his legal education from L.S.U. Law School, receiving a Juris Doctor degree.

Scott has served as Co-Chair, Master Plan Committee C.M.I.S (Case Management Information System) and as a member, Louisiana Judicial Budgetary Control Board. He is the former Chairman, Committee to Evaluate Requests for New Judgeships, a committee of the Judicial Council. Scott has served on the Governor's Task Force on Violent Crime and Homicide and on the Committee to Study Proper Court Reporting in Louisiana. He served for years as an instructor in the L.S.U – Shreveport Paralegal Program. He is a past President of the Harry V. Booth–Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inn of Court.

Scott has previously served as a member of the Louisiana Judicial Council and as a member of the, Governor's Task Force on Child Support Enforcement. He was an Assistant City Attorney and a Special Assistant District Attorney.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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