The Louisiana Supreme Court Welcomes The Honorable Chief Justice John L. Weimer as the New Chief Justice – January 1, 2021
Associate Justice John L. Weimer became the 26th Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court on January 1, 2021. Upon the retirement of Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson on December 31, 2020, he became the senior justice on the Court and, therefore, the Chief Justice, who is the chief administrative officer of the state’s judicial system. Chief Justice Weimer was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2001 to represent the Sixth Supreme Court District, which encompasses the parishes of Assumption, Iberia, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and a portion of the West Bank of Jefferson, inclusive of Grand Isle. Chief Justice Weimer won re-elec-tion to the Court in 2002 and 2012. His judicial career started in 1993 following a 7½-month appointment by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as Judge pro tempore, Division D, of the 17th Judicial District Court. In 1995, Chief Justice Weimer was elected as a judge on the 17th Judicial District Court, Division A, and re-elected in 1996. In 1998, he was elected to serve on the Louisiana Court of Appeal, 1st Circuit.