Term Ends: 2024
Wayne Ray Chutz is the 3rd District, Division A judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana. He ran unopposed and was elected to a 10-year term on the court in 2014. Chutz filled the vacancy created by James “Jimmy” Kuhn’s retirement. His current term ends December 31, 2024.
Chutz received his B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1975 and his J.D. from the Louisiana State University Law Center in 1985. Chutz began his career in 1985 as a solo practitioner and continued to work in that capacity until his election to the 21st Judicial District Court in 1993. He also worked as an assistant district attorney for the 21st Judicial District from 1986 to 1993. In addition, he has served as a legal advisor for the Livingston Parish Police Jury, as an attorney for the Louisiana villages of Port Vincent and French Settlement, and as a magistrate for Port Vincent.
Chutz served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1971 during the Vietnam War.