Welcome to my website, www.judgescottcrichton.com. I am honored to be serving my 20th year on the Caddo bench and to be one of eleven judges for the First Judicial District. My great grandfather, Andrew J. Murff, served as a Caddo district judge a century ago, 1906-1910. Perhaps it could be said that the legal profession, in particular, the judiciary, is in my DNA!

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From the Bench

Caddo District Court Judge Scott Crichton Reflects on His 24 Years on the Bench
Friday, Aug 08, 2014 1:35pm

Judge Crichton recently sat in Studio 3A with Tom Pace at The Promise 90.7FM, for a retrospective look at his young life…his schooling…his career as an A.D.A., then finally as a judge. A most-insightful interview with a very principled and community-minded man.

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The Hon. Scott J. Crichton, "Sexting, Texting and Beyond"
Friday, Mar 14, 2014 4:07pm

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 4:44pm

Judge Scott Crichton's Don't Let This Be You presentations
at Caddo Correctional Center, 1101 Forum Drive.  All dates are scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Tues., April 23, 2013
Tues., June 18, 2013
Tues., July 16, 2013
Tues., August 20, 2013
Tues., September 17, 2013
Tues., October 15, 2013
Tues., November 19, 2013
Tues., December 17, 2013.

1/30/2013 interview re: Hall of Fame Inductee Angelo Roppolo
Friday, Feb 15, 2013 9:41am

On February 9, 2013 The Louisiana Political Museum hosted its 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet in Winnfield, Louisiana. Angelo Roppolo was formally inducted and officially joined the many Hall of Fame members from 1993 to the present, including the Longs (Earl, Huey, Russell), James Carville, Murphy “Mike” Foster, Joe D. Waggoner, Foster Campbell, Chief Justice Kitty Kimball and over a hundred other honorees.

A few days before this ceremony, January 30, 2013, Tom Pace devoted 30 minutes of his Talk of the Town radio broadcast (5:00-6:00 p.m.; 90.7 FM) to an interview about the iconic Angelo Roppolo and his legacy. Significantly, the broadcast includes an 8 minute interview which Tom conducted with Angelo in 2012, before his illness. The broadcast ultimately ends with a Luther Vandross song “Always and Forever”. Enjoy!

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Judge Scott J. Crichton Civil Jury Trial Checklist
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 11:19am

  1. Inquire as to adequacy of the jury cash deposit and that it was timely paid (60 days prior to jury trial). It should be $3,200.00 (the minimum amount for any jury trial). There should be inquiry as to expected duration of trial. If the case is expected to take longer than a week, the amount will be increased. If it is a pauper case, review affidavit again to make certain all questions have been properly answered. Ask attorneys if there are any material changes in the applicant’s financial condition. Pursuant to C.C.P. art. 5183B and Uniform Rule 8.1, the Court may “reconsider such an order (pauper status order) on its own motion at any time in a contradictory hearing”. Under C.C.P. 5182, pauper status is a “privilege” which “shall be restricted to litigants who are clearly entitled to it”.

  2. Verify through Deputy Clerk Mike Spence (226-6776) that all court costs due Clerk of Court have been paid.

  3. Make certain that attorneys have exchanged all exhibits and that exhibit notebooks have been prepared for the jury. The notebooks should contain table of contents or index and should be tabulated. There should be an “original” for the Clerk of Court, 14 for jury (12 person jury trial with 2 alternates), one for each counsel and one for the Court.

  4. Counsel should pick up jury questionnaires (which are available Friday before Monday jury trial) and review prior to voir dire. Of course, there should be no contact by any counsel or party with any prospective juror.

  5. Counsel should review Batson, Edmonson, Miller-El and Rayne. See seminar tab under judgescottcrichton.com “Should Peremptory Exceptions Be Abolished? (short answer: no)”. Of course, any race or gender based peremptory challenges which violate the Miller-El line of cases will not be tolerated.

  6. Pre-Trial Order should have been timely filed. Any amendments?

  7. Suggested jury charges should have been submitted. Any supplemental requests?

  8. Address motions in limine.

  9. Address procedure for voir dire phase. Time limits may be ordered. Address method of “back strikes”; consider application of Riddle case.

  10. Determine if witnesses can be placed “on call” and efficiently scheduled. Consider a sequestration of witnesses order.

  11. Determine whether opening statements are to commence on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning.

  12. Ask attorneys if there are any other significant issues which should be addressed.

  13. Remind attorneys that civil jury trials usually commence at 8:30 a.m. on the first day (voir dire) and 9:00 a.m. on each day thereafter.
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