Longtime Civil Judge In New Orleans To Retire In May

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A longtime civil district judge in New Orleans has announced plans to retire in May.

Judge Robin Giarrusso revealed her decision to retire May 1 in a statement released Monday. She will leave the bench following the completion of her 35th year and retires as the second most senior state court judge in Louisiana.

“I’m looking forward to spending more time with my granddaughters, continuing to serve the community in a volunteer capacity and taking some long-overdue time to travel,” she said.

Giarrusso first took office on April 29, 1988, and served as the court's Chief Judge from 1998 to 2000.

“I am proud of running an efficient docket, being accessible, and being a mentor to younger lawyers and judges," she said.

Before being elected as a judge, Giarrusso worked as an assistant city attorney and as deputy city attorney, serving as New Orleans' chief legal counsel for contract and construction litigation and public bid law issues.

The Louisiana Supreme Court will appoint an ad hoc judge to handle the Division G docket after Giarrusso retires, until a replacement is decided in a special election.