District Court Judge Charlotte Hughes-Foster formally took office on Jan. 7 at an investiture ceremony at the Livingston Parish Courthouse.

The ceremony was 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.

She was elected without opposition last fall to fill the vacancy in the 21st JDC, Division B seat, which was created by the retirement of District Court Judge Bruce Bennett, a news release said.

Hughes-Foster, a former felony chief prosecutor for the 21st JDC District Attorney’s Office, served for 20 years as a prosecutor for Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.

“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,” she said.

Hughes-Foster, of Denham Springs, is a graduate of Denham Springs High School, LSU and Loyola Law School. She and her late husband, Mike Herbert, have two children: Katie Herbert, a first-year student at the LSU Law School; and Andrew Herbert, a junior at LSU. Hughes-Foster is married to dentist Larry Foster, who has three children: Chase Foster, a Louisiana National Guardsman and recent LSU graduate; Brennan Foster, serving in the U.S. Navy; and Lauren Foster, a senior at Denham Springs High School.

Hughes-Foster’s parents are former longtime Livingston Parish School Board member and retired dentist Milton D. Hughes and the late Gloria Grantham Hughes.