BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, May 23, Caddo District Attorney James Stewart received the Louisiana State Police top civilian honor, during the 2023 Louisiana State Police Awards Ceremony in Baton Rouge.
Stewart was honored with the Louisiana State Police Superintendent’s Award for outstanding performance and achievement for his 42 years of service, unwavering commitment, and his relentless work and dedication to the citizens of Caddo Parish.
D.A. Stewart started his career as a Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney, before becoming a judge in Caddo District Court. He later served as a judge in the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals, before being elected to serve as Caddo Parish District Attorney for the First Judicial District.
D. A. Stewart is recognized for his work in combating human trafficking and was named Public Official of the Year in 2018, Hero of the Year in 2019 for his exceptional commitment to children. He was recently instrumental in the opening of The Harbor, a collaboration between Volunteers for Youth Justice and other local organizations and resources, all coming together under one roof to serve our community.
In 2020, D. A. Stewart was given the Liberty Bell Award by the Shreveport Bar Association, and most recently, The Leader in Law Enforcement Award by the Community Foundation of Acadiana.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, D. A. Stewart led Caddo Parish 1st Judicial District Court in trying more cases than any other parish in the state. The office tried 29 criminal jury trials in 2020, 32 in 2021, and 55 in 2022, attaining a 92-percent conviction rate, including 12 convictions in cases with mandatory life sentencings.
The Supreme Court of Louisiana 2022 Annual Report shows Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, under D. A. Stewart is a leader in the state in prosecuting cases.