JUDGES
Judge Mike Craig

 

Judge Craig was elected to the district bench and took office in January of 2009. Before taking office, he maintained a private practice, served for three years with the indigent defenders office and later as assistant district attorney. Judge Craig was president of the Bossier Parish Bar Association and is currently a member of the Shreveport and Louisiana Bar Associations. He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and his law degree from Southern University Law Center.

Judge Jeff R. Thompson

 

Jeff R. Thompson began his service as District Judge in January 2015.  Judge Thompson earned his undergraduate degree from Northeast Louisiana University and graduated with honors (cum laude) from Tulane University School of Law.  He practiced law from 1995 until being elected to the bench, and previously served as a member of the Louisiana Bar Association House of Delegates and as President of the Bossier Parish Bar Association.   Judge Thompson served as State Representative for District 8 in the Louisiana House of Representatives and has served on the boards of directors and as President of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, Bossier Chamber of Commerce, and Bossier Parish Community College Foundation.

Judge Jeff Cox

 

Judge Cox was elected district judge in November of 2004. Prior to his serving on the bench, Judge Cox practiced in the area of estate planning, wills, successions and elder care issues. He also served as an assistant district attorney. Judge Cox has served on the Board of Directors for the Volunteers for Youth Justice, the Caddo Council on Aging, Shreveport Bar Association Pro Bono Project and served as Bossier District Chairman for the Norwella Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University, Masters of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, law degree from Southern University Law Center, and his Legal Law Masters in Taxation from Southern Methodist University. Judge Cox is an instructor at the Northwest Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy and an instructor in notary preparation at Bossier Parish Community College.

Judge E. Charles Jacobs

 

Charles Jacobs attended and graduated Ruston High School in 1998 and continued his educational career at LSU Baton Rouge where he graduated in 1992.  He then entered LSU Law School and graduated in 1995.  Judge Jacobs began his legal career an associate in the law firm of John M. Robinson from 1995 until 2000.  He continued his legal career as partner in the law firm of Smith and Jacobs from 2000 until 2014.  Judge Jacobs also served as an Assistant District Attorney for Bossier and Webster Parishes from 2003 until 2014.  Judge Jacobs further served as the Springhill City Attorney and City prosecutor from 2000 until 2014.  Judge Jacobs was elected in November 2014 to the 26th Judicial District Court.

Judge Mike Nerren

 

Judge Nerren was elected to serve on the 26th Judicial District in November of 2012. Before serving as judge, Judge Nerren served as assistant district attorney. Judge Nerren served as president of the Bossier Bar Association and Bossier Dixie Baseball. He received his undergraduate from LSU Shreveport and his law degree from LSU Baton Rouge.

Judge Parker Self

 

Judge Self began his service as district judge in January of 2004. Judge Self practiced law from 1984 until his election to the bench. He is a member of the Bossier, Webster, Shreveport and Louisiana Bar Associations, having served as the Young Lawyer Section Chair in 1983 and was a member of the Board of Governors and is currently a member of the Bill of Rights Section. Judge Self is also a member of the American Judges' Association and the National Association for Court Management. He is currently an instructor at the Northwest Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy. He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University, and his law degree from Louisiana State University.

Judge Bruce M. Bolin (retired)

Hearing Officer

 

Judge Bolin was elected to the 26th Judicial District Court in October of 1990. Before serving as district judge, Judge Bolin served in the House of Representatives from 1978 until 1990, where he served as chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Judiciary Committee and Criminal Justice Committee. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University.