Judge’s retirement officially announced

A First Circuit Court of Appeal judge who began his judicial career on the Terrebonne Parish bench will be retiring when his term expires at the end of the year.

The Hon. John T. Pettigrew was first elected to the appellate court in 1998 and was re-elected without opposition in 2008.

Pettigrew, who served eight years as a district court judge in Houma and practiced law prior to that, has indicated in interviews that he would be retiring. But the court gave official notice to the public on Monday.

The First Circuit is one of the state’s five intermediate appellate courts. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, the court handles initial appellate filings arising from courts there are well as the parishes of Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, Assumption, Ascension, Iberville, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Livingston, Tangipahoa, Washington, and St. Tammany.  

Pettigrew was also a special assistant district attorney in Terrebonne. He left the U.S. Army as a captain in 1979. 

Hon. John T. Pettigrew