Jonathan Friedman sworn in to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

Four magistrate commissioners were sworn in Monday at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, where they will approve arrest warrants, set bail and perform other duties in magistrate court.

Jonathan Friedman, Jay Daniels, Peter Hamilton and Joyce Sallah accepted the positions, which are offered in six-year terms, in a formal ceremony that included speeches by Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Piper Griffin, New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, City Council members and judges.

Friedman, an attorney who has a civil law practice in New Orleans and who previously worked for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office under the administration of Harry Connick Sr., wrote in his application for the position that he remains “prepared for the long hours, including weekends and holidays, and am willing to do whatever is asked of me to assist the court.”

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