When City Court of Slidell officially convened on Aug. 31, 1964, it was a major step in ushering Slidell from the town it had been into the city it had become and heralded a new era in the administration of justice and community safety.
To honor the Court’s 50 years of service to the community, City Court of Slidell Judge James “Jim” Lamz will host a celebration on Thur., Aug. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Courthouse,
501 Bouscaren St. in Slidell’s Olde Towne district. The public is invited.
Featured guests who will speak at the ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m., will all have special ties to the administration of justice in the community spanning that 50 years. Each speaker will either be a Judge of the Court or a representative of the Judge’s family as well as the City Marshal. The Judge and the Marshal are the elected positions of the Court. The speakers will be:
· Gus Fritchie, III, representing his grandfather and father who were the first two City Court of Slidell Judges: Gus Fritchie, Sr., and Gus Fritchie Jr.
· Judge Jim Strain, Retired, the third Judge
· Brian Dragon, representing his father Judge Gary Dragon, the fourth Judge
· Judge Lamz, the fifth and current Judge
· City Marshal Wyatt Williams, the second and current Marshal, who will also represent the first Marshal, J. Russell Camp
The ceremony will also feature a slideshow of historical images and news articles covering the Court’s 50 years history. A display of historical artifacts from the Court’s early years may be viewed in the Courthouse during the event.