JUDGES
Judge Ford E. Stinson, Jr.

 

Judge Stinson was elected in November of 1996 to the 26th Judicial District Court. Prior to his election as district judge, he served as Chief Indigent Defender and practiced law from 1977 until 1996. Judge Stinson served in the United States Army Reserves and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the Bossier, Webster, Shreveport and Louisiana Bar Associations, as well as the American Judicature Society and the National Association for Court Management. Judge Stinson was a past member of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association, and has served as public address announcer for Benton High School football since 1986.

Judge John M. Robinson

 

Judge Robinson has served as district judge for the 26th Judicial District Court since December of 1999. Judge Robinson served as Springhill City Judge from 1986 until his election to the district court bench. He also practiced law prior to his serving as judge, and served as president of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Robinson received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University, and served his country as a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1969-1975, attaining the rank of Specialist 5th Class.

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 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 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 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 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.