Judge McDonald sworn in

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The First Circuit Court of Appeal announces that the Honorable J. Michael McDonald, a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was recently re-elected as judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeal was sworn in to his second term during an en banc session of the court at an investiture ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the courthouse, 1600 North Third Street, Baton Rouge.   

The First Circuit Court of Appeal, one of the five Louisiana intermediate appellate courts, is domiciled in East Baton Rouge Parish and serves sixteen parishes including Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, Assumption, Ascension, Iberville, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Livingston, Tangipahoa, Washington, and St. Tammany. 

Prior to being elected to the appellate court in 2003, Judge McDonald served for 16 years as a district court judge on the Nineteenth Judicial District Court, thus having served as a member of the judiciary for the past 26 years.  His distinguished career in public service also includes his service as an assistant district attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish and his military career as an officer in the United States Navy.

Judge McDonald and his wife Memrie have been married for 39 years and are the proud parents of Taylor, Becky and Daniel and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.