Newly-elected 21st District judge to be sworn in Thursday _lowres

Charlotte Hughes-Foster

Newly-elected District Court Judge Charlotte Hughes-Foster will be inducted into office at 5 p.m. Thursday at a public investiture ceremony at the Livingston Parish Courthouse.

The ceremony will be emceed by 21st Judicial District Court Chief Justice Robert Morrison, with the oath of office led by Hughes-Foster’s brother, fellow Judicial District Court Judge Doug Hughes.

Hughes-Foster was elected without opposition last fall to fill the vacancy in the 21st Judicial District Court, Division B seat, which was created by the retirement of District Court Judge Bruce Bennett. Bennett, who completed his tenure on Dec. 31, will also participate in the ceremony.

Hughes-Foster said a public reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the commons area of the courthouse.

Hughes-Foster is the former felony chief prosecutor for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She served for 20 years as a prosecutor in the district, which includes Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.

She began her career as a prosecutor in Dallas County, Texas, in 1990. Hughes-Foster went into private practice when she returned to Louisiana, but went to work with the DA’s Office in 1995.

“I know that my courtroom experience, knowledge and understanding of the law, as well as the heart and passion I have for helping victims and their families will serve me well in my duties as a district judge,” Hughes-Foster said. “I look forward to serving the people of Judicial District 21. I will strive to do my best to put criminals behind bars, fight for victims’ rights, and protect the public in all that I do.”

Hughes-Foster is a graduate of Denham Springs High School, LSU, and Loyola Law School in New Orleans.

Hughes-Foster is the daughter of former, longtime school board member and retired dentist Dr. Milton D. Hughes, and the late Gloria Grantham Hughes.