Meet the Candidates for Second Circuit Court of Appeal

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Judge James "Jimbo" Stephens (Left) and Judge Sharon Marchman (Right). / Photo: Sept. 14th, 2017
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - On Thursday, the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce held a "Meet the Candidates Luncheon". The luncheon was held at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel. Two judges are running for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal.

Judge Jimbo Stephens and Judge Sharon Marchman are in the running for the seat. The two judges have similar issues they would like to tackle once in office.

"I would like to address the issue of the backlog in cases. Particular in the criminal realm as well as the civil cases. The courts are getting bogged down," Stephens said.

"The first issues I would like that are always important is looking at how long it takes to process a case through the system," Marchman said. "People want to have their cases heard in a timely manner. They want judges to render decisions that are prompted."

The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal is one of five Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal. It consists of nine judges, who sit in panels of three to decide appeals and write applications.

The Second Circuit covers twenty of Louisiana's northern parishes. Both Marchman and Stephens says they have what it takes.

"34 years of experience, 24 years as a general practice attorney and 10 years as a general jurisdiction judge; handling everything from jaywalking to first-degree capital murder cases. I've handled them all. I've seen them all," Stephens said.

"My entire legal career qualifies me for this position. I've served not only on the district court bench for 17 years, but I've been licensed to practice law for 32 years now. And, I've practiced in virtually every aspect of the law," Marchman said.

The elected judge will serve a 10-year term. Early voting begins September 30th and election day is set for October 14th.