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Chief Judge John W. Kolwe

United States Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Louisiana 

Lafayette Division - All Cases
Lake Charles Division - All Cases

Beginning March 3, 2021, and continuing until further notice of the Court, Judge Kolwe will be conducting most of the hearings for the Lafayette and Lake Charles Division cases virtually, using WebEx video conferencing. There is no fee/charge of any kind for the participants, although you will have to download the WebEx application to your electronic device. The WebEx meeting link is

Staff Information

Stuart Welch, Law Clerk
Karen Hess, Judicial Assistant

Lafayette and Lake Charles Division Cases (337)262-6383

Judge Kolwe's Chambers Procedures