As a former judge on Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr. understands that a successful DA’s office in Orleans Parish must possess an aggressive as well as robust appellate practice.
The Appeals Division of the District Attorney’s office represents the interests of this community and the State of Louisiana in criminal appellate work before the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and the Appellate Division of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. Assistant District Attorneys in the Appeals Division respond to post-conviction applications in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. The division also answers habeas corpus applications relating to convictions in the Criminal District Court filed by defendants in the Federal court system.
Additionally, the Appeals Division of the District Attorney’s office organizes and conducts Continuing Legal Education Programs for the Assistant District Attorneys in the office. Under District Attorney Cannizzaro’s administration, the Appeals Division of the DA’s office is widely regarded as one on the busiest and most successful appellate practices in the state of Louisiana.