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La. Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson La. Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson

BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson took her official oath of office as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court today. Justice Johnson was sworn-in by her daughter, Rachael D. Johnson, in a brief ceremony, surrounded by her immediate family members, and the legal community.

Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson was elected to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994, and was re-elected, without opposition, in 2000 and 2010. She represents the Seventh Supreme Court District, which encompasses Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Chief Justice Johnson stated, "After serving for ten years as a District trial judge, and then as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, I feel well-prepared for the tasks ahead as the chief administrative officer of the judicial system of the state. I am ready to serve, and excited about the challenges of this new position."

Chief Justice Johnson's judicial career began in 1984 when she was elected to the Civil District Court of New Orleans, where she was the first female to hold that office. She was reelected without opposition, in 1990 and was elected Chief Judge by her colleagues in 1994.

A public ceremony celebrating the Investiture of Chief Justice Bernette Johnson will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 12:00 noon on the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans.

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