Term Ends: 2028
Party: R

Lafourche Parish Judge Walter Lanier III was elected to an open seat on Louisiana’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge in 2018. Lanier, a Lafourche Parish district court judge, has rendered verdicts on thousands of criminal and civil cases over the last 16 years, according to his campaign announcement.

Since 2013, he has also presided over the Lafourche Parish Drug Treatment Court, which funnels some nonviolent offenders into addiction treatment programs, and he has also launched the Family Preservation Court, which links mothers whose newborns are born with drugs in their systems with addiction treatment programs as well.