Courts in Louisiana
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Louisiana's Justice of the Peace Courts (justice courts) handle small claims and traffic cases, and tort and contract cases worth less than $5,000. There are also Louisiana Mayor's Courts that only handle traffic violations. There are 52 City and Parish Courts in Louisiana, and these handle traffic, paternity, and small claims cases, and tort/contract cases up to $50,000 in value. Louisiana has separate Juvenile Courts (that handle mental health, child support, and juvenile matters,) and Family Courts (which handle domestic relations, and domestic violence cases, as well as mental health and juvenile cases.) Louisiana's trial courts are its District Courts, which fall within each of its 64 parishes. Louisiana District Courts hear a wide variety of cases including tort, property, probate/estate, general civil, domestic relations, felony, and misdemeanor cases. Louisiana's appellate courts include its Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Most Louisiana court public records can be obtained through the Clerk of Court in the parish where the court is located. A list of all Louisiana clerk of courts can be found at Some parishes provide online access to case records, while at others, you'll need to send in a written request or visit the courthouse.
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01, Mar 2015 - Video Exonerates Man Set Up By Louisiana Cops And Prosecutors
If not for cell phone video, 47-year-old disabled veteran Douglas Dendinger could be going to prison — because of an apparent coordinated effort by Washington Parish, La. cops and prosecutors who falsely accused him of battery and witness intimidation. As New Orleans’ WWL reports, Dendinger’s two-year nightmare began on Aug. 20, 2012, when he was paid $50 to serve a court summons on behalf of ...
12, Oct 2014 - Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit
A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas, and Alabama, attorney Leonard Davis of ...
12, Oct 2014 - Catahoula, LA Jury Imposes Death Sentence On Man for Kidnap, Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl in Louisiana
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Friday that a federal grand jury in Alexandria returned a verdict imposing the death penalty on a Las Vegas, Nevada, man for the kidnap and murder of a 12-year old girl.
12, Oct 2014 - Why This Gay Couple Dislikes Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision
While the Supreme Court paved the way yesterday for several more states to allow gay marriage, some gay couples wish the Court had acted differently. ???I think there is still a lot of hardship out there,??? said L. Havard Scott III, a lawyer in Shreveport, Louisiana. Before yesterday, he hoped the Supreme Court might step in, agree to hear a challenge to a state ban on gay marriage and rule on ...
12, Oct 2014 - Louisiana judge: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in part because he says it violates equal protection rights.
12, Oct 2014 - East Baton Rouge, LA Greenstein's attorney claims his client is innocent, while AG's office hopes case sets prec
The lawyer for the governor's former health secretary, who is accused of perjury, said his client is innocent, but the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General is hoping the case will have a big impact on future legislation.
12, Oct 2014 - Military to prosecute ex-Bristol Twp. man in child porn case
Sgt. Matthew Cavada faces trial for allegedly downloading child porn in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana and Kuwait while stationed at military bases, including Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehur
12, Oct 2014 - Dozens stuck in Jefferson Parish jail because of state computer glitch
WDSU received several calls on Monday from relatives and attorneys of people stuck in jail. We're told this all boils down to an issue with a computer system that's maintained by Louisiana State Police in Baton Rouge -- but they say these people should not suffer in the meantime.
12, Oct 2014 - Monroe, LA Court upholds life sentences for teen murderer
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court's decision to hold a teenage killer in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for life without parole.
12, Oct 2014 - Charge filed against dad in 1983 toddler killing
Prosecutors in Pierce County, Washington, have filed a manslaughter charge against a 57-year-old man for killing his 3-year-old son in 1983. Prosecutors said Tuesday that a warrant has been issued for Stanley Guidroz to return to Washington to face the charge. Guidroz is currently serving time in a Louisiana prison for murdering his wife, who is not the boy's mom. Guidroz reported his son ...
12, Oct 2014 - Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana state judge ruled on Monday in favor of a same-sex couple, saying the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, advocates said. The ruling compels the state to recognize the out-of-state marriage of the plaintiffs in the case but its full extent is not immediately clear because it is temporarily under seal, said Bruce Parker, a ...
12, Oct 2014 - Lafayette, LA Louisiana prison rates decline
A statement released Tuesday by the State Department of Corrections says a decline in incarceration is partly due to re-entry programs that help prisoners get back into society.
12, Oct 2014 - AG: Fugitive sex offender captured in Lake Charles
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11, Oct 2014 - Sentencing on deer-smuggling scheduled
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Three Pearl River, Louisiana, men and their family-run company will be sentenced Oct. 30 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on federal deer-smuggling charges.
11, Oct 2014 - A look at gay marriage status in Louisiana - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2
LOUISIANA'S BAN: A 2004 amendment to the Louisiana Constitution, approved by 78 percent of the state's voters, says marriage in the state "shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman," and goes on to prohibit state officials or courts from recognizing a marriage "contracted in any other jurisdiction which is not the union of one man and one woman."
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