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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27, Mar 2015 - Judge blocks employee benefits for gay couples in Louisiana, 3 other states
Prompted by a request from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and others, a federal judge in Texas has blocked a rule in some states ordering that employee benefits be granted to same-sex couples in every state. U.S. District Court Judge...
27, Mar 2015 - Cameron, LA AG’s Cyber Crime Unit Arrests Six Louisiana Men on Child Pornography Charges
Joint law enforcement efforts led by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's Cyber Crime Unit have resulted in the arrest of six Louisiana men this week in separate incidents on child pornography charges.
27, Mar 2015 - 'Spouse' definition challenged
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Thursday that the state has joined Texas, Louisiana and Nebraska in a federal lawsuit challenging a new rule, effective today, that changes the definition of "spouse" in the Family and Medical Leave Act to recognize legally married same-sex couples regardless of where they live.
27, Mar 2015 - Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper to appear twice in New Orleans court after multi-state plea deal
NEW ORLEANS — An April 7 court date has been set in a Louisiana state court for Darren Sharper, the former NFL star who has entered pleas in four states where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women.
27, Mar 2015 - Ex-NFL star Sharper to appear twice in New Orleans court
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An April 7 court date has been set in a Louisiana state court for Darren Sharper, the former NFL star who has entered pleas in four states where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women.
27, Mar 2015 - Livingston, LA AG’s Office Arrests Tangipahoa Parish Woman on Medicaid Fraud Charges
A Tangipahoa Parish woman accused of illegally billing the Louisiana Medicaid Program for services she did not provide has been arrested for felony Medicaid Fraud, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today.
27, Mar 2015 - Cameron, LA Is there a sex offender living next door?
There are approximately 1,000 registered sex offenders living in Southwest Louisiana, with nearly 500 in Calcasieu Parish alone. Once released from prison, a person convicted of a sex crime is required to register with authorities for a set amount of time, depending on the severity of their crimes.
26, Mar 2015 - Robert Durst moved to Louisiana medical facility
Robert Durst will be held in New Orleans until Monday, a judge has ordered.   The real estate heir has been booked on weapons and drug charges in Louisiana on top of a first-degree murder charge by Los Angeles prosecutors.
26, Mar 2015 - Jefferson, LA Disbar William Jefferson, attorney disciplinary board recommends
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board is recommending that the state Supreme Court permanently bar former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson from practicing law. Jefferson, 68, a Democrat who represented New Orleans in Congress for 12 terms, is serving a 13-year prison sentence...
26, Mar 2015 - Washington, LA No Place Like Home
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26, Mar 2015 - Louisiana opposes pay for wrongfully convicted man
The state Attorney General's office filed a motion opposing Glenn Ford's request for $105,000, representing the first payout of a possible $330,000 compensation package outlined by Louisiana law for wrongfully convicted individuals meeting statutory requirements.
26, Mar 2015 - Lafayette, LA Would-be bank robber pleads guilty to calling in bomb threat
A Lafayette man has pleaded guilty in federal court to calling in a bomb threat that shut down the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prosecutors say the threat was meant to divert police from a planned bank robbery.
26, Mar 2015 - Did employee have valid Equal Pay Act claim?
(3/9) Very few Equal Pay Act claims have been filed in court over the decades. A recent decision from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—outlines the basics of an EPA claim.
26, Mar 2015 - Xarelto Lawsuits Move Forward Nationwide, With Issuance of New Court Docs in State, Federal Litigat
Bernstein Liebhard LLP, which is currently representing a number of Xarelto plaintiffs in U.S. courts, reports that documents issued this week will promote judicial efficiency in consolidated litigations underway in Louisiana federal court and Pennsylvania state court. (PRWeb March 26, 2015) Read the full story at
26, Mar 2015 - New Orleans, LA Former Saint Darren Sharper reaches plea agreement in all cases against him
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- Thursday afternoon, Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced that former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper would plead guilty to charges stemming from investigations in Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, and California as well as federal charges.
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