Judge Marilyn Castle, a jurist on the 15th Judicial District Court bench, has been elected president of the Louisiana District Judges Association.

Castle has presided over civil and criminal cases in the 15th District since 1999, and was the district’s chief judge from 2005-2007. In January 2015, she was again chosen to be the 15th District’s chief judge. The district encompasses Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion parishes.

Elected by fellow judges, Castle is taking over the LDJA presidency from fellow 15th District Judge Jules Edwards.

Other LDJA elected officers are First Vice President John Molaison, a 24th District judge; Second Vice President Wendell Manning, a 4th District judge; Secretary Lisa Woodruff-White, an East Baton Rouge Family Court judge; and Treasurer Allison Penzato, a judge in the 22nd District.

The LDJA, established in 1981, is a professional nonprofit organization representing the interests of Louisiana judges and assisting in their professional development. All district court judges and judges in family and juvenile are eligible for membership.