A Message from Our District Attorney

As District Attorney, the principle by which I will run this office is to make decisions based on the merits, based on the facts, based on hard work and the results of that hard work. That’s the American way, the American Dream. We are blessed to live where we live. This is a great community. This is a great place to raise a family. This is a great place to start a business. This a great place to seek and follow the American Dream. And the reason that these things are true is, the people who live here. That’s what makes this a great community.

Mission Statement

The Office of District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and justice, protecting the public and serving our community through the ethical prosecution of criminal offenses and civil matters while safeguarding the rights of all citizens, including the accused.

Goals

▪ To help improve the quality of life for all residents of Washington and St. Tammany Parishes

▪ Create and maintain open communication to promote the best interests of the community, ensuring that the public is kept informed of the work we are doing

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▪ To assist other state and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases

▪ Collaborate with law enforcement and community groups to deter crime through intervention and prevention efforts

▪ Establish an atmosphere of compassion, trust and mutual respect

▪ To provide assistance and aid to those who have been victimized by crime and to ensure their rights are upheld and they are treated with dignity, respect and compassion

▪ To promote a work environment that emphasizes courtesy, high ethical standards, professionalism and high quality legal representation

▪ To provide training for employees and education for the public to be knowledgeable about the administration of justice

▪ To maintain public confidence by creating a day-to-day operation that is efficient and effective [/read]

News

  • Big Reveal of New Victim Rooms

    Big Reveal of New Victim Rooms

    Today, we did the big reveal! We welcomed some of our community partners in St. Tammany to tour two rooms that have been transformed into comfortable spaces for crime victims who visit our Covington office to meet with prosecutors or wait during court proceedings. Our office’s plans to redo the rooms and unveil them in …
  • Grand Jury Indicts Former Bogalusa Chamber Director on Theft Charge

    Grand Jury Indicts Former Bogalusa Chamber Director on Theft Charge

        FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish grand jury indicted Marilyn G. Bateman, 77, of Bogalusa, Tuesday (July 21) on a charge of theft over $25,000. Bateman, former director of the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, is accused of stealing at least $100,000 from the organization. Assistant District Attorney Blair B. Alford …
  • Grand Jury Indicts Franklinton Man of Second Degree Murder

    Grand Jury Indicts Franklinton Man of Second Degree Murder

    FRANKLINTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a Washington Parish jury indicted Jo’Andre Dawson, 21, of Franklinton Tuesday (July 21) of second degree murder and obstruction of justice. Dawson is accused of fatally shooting Ja’Quarius Taylor, 17, several times in the head near a large pond in the Angie area on Jan. 12 this year. Dawson …

Accomplishments Since January 2015

If you will read the initial goals I set out to achieve on the left side of this page, you’ll find that I, along with my fantastic staff, have accomplished many of those goals:

  1. Created more transparent office
  2. Hired top-notch staff (55% of ADAs and 50% of investigators new)
  3. Created Screening Department
  4. Improved Domestic Violence Unit
  5. Enhanced use of Specialty Courts and helped create new Veterans Court
  6. Upgraded technology office-wide
  7. Created employee manual
  8. Stabilized budget
  9. Created Financial Assistance Program for indigent defendants to participate in Diversion Program
  10. Work more closely with Law enforcement agencies

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