After nearly 20 years on the Louisiana Supreme Court, Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll to retire at the end of the year _lowres

Jeannette Knoll

Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, whose district includes Lafayette Parish, announced Tuesday she plans to retire at the end of 2016, nearly two decades after she was first elected to the state’s highest court.

“Not withstanding the constitutional age limitations for judicial candidacy, I have always said there is a time in life for everything. My time has come to bring my judicial career to an end,” Knoll said in a written statement.

Knoll began her first term on the state Supreme Court in 1997, moving up from the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, where she had served since 1982.

From 1972 to 1982, she worked as first assistant district attorney in Avoyelles Parish.

She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Loyola University and a master’s degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia Law School.

“It will be with tears of joy, pride and humility that on Dec. 31, 2016, at midnight, I will retire my robe in the great ‘Hall of Justice,’ knowing that I contributed 34 years of jurisprudence that maintained a balance between liberty, justice and order, between unity and diversity, and between individual rights and collective needs,” Knoll wrote in her retirement announcement.

Knoll represents the state Supreme Court’s 3rd District, which takes in much of southwest Louisiana, including Lafayette, St. Landry, Acadia and Vermilion parishes.