Elected to Division “E” of the Ninth Judicial District Court in October of 2005, Judge Koch is currently serving as a Civil Court Judge for Rapides Parish in addition to presiding over Behavioral Health Court and Adult Drug Court. Judge Koch has previously served as Juvenile Court, Criminal Court, and Chief Judge, in addition to presiding over a specialized Domestic Violence Court and Juvenile Drug Court for the Ninth Judicial District.
Judge Patricia Koch received her B.A. in History from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1985 and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1991.
Prior to her election to the District Court bench, Judge Koch served as Hearing Officer for the Ninth Judicial District, presiding over child support and domestic violence cases, and as Administrative Law Judge and mediator for the Office of Workers’ Compensation. Judge Koch was lead over the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur’s Models for Change initiative for Rapides Parish for juvenile justice reform and was named the 2009 Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for the Louisiana Models for Change initiative.
Judge Koch currently serves on the Board for the Louisiana District Judges Association (LDJA); appointed in 2013 to the Louisiana Children’s Cabinet; served on the Courthouse Security committee for the Louisiana Supreme Court; in an advisory capacity to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges diversity and curriculum committees; since 2003 on the Louisiana Protective Order Task Force as well as the education committee for Domestic Violence; legislative committee for the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (LCJFCJ); member of the State and Alexandria Bar Associations; trains on mental health and domestic violence issues for the Alexandria Police Academy and with the Crisis Intervention Team; formerly served on the Access to Justice Committee for the Louisiana State Bar Association, Past President of the Louisiana Judicial College (LJC); Past President of the LCJFCJ, and Past President of the Rapides Parish Area Youth Planning Board. In her community, she is a member of the Horseshoe Drive United Methodist.