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, Nov 2014 - East Baton Rouge, LA ATC employee fired, arrested after reported thefts from co-workers
State Police arrested a non-commissioned Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control employee Monday after she allegedly stole money from the purses of several employees at State Police headquarters in Baton Rouge. Troopers booked Lindy Tullier, no age available, into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of misdemeanor theft, State Police spokesman Capt. Doug Cain said. She was ...
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27, Nov 2014 - Union loses first round of charter school lawsuit
BATON ROUGE, La. - A state district judge refused on Friday to immediately shut down the flow of money to 33 charter schools authorized by Louisiana's education board. Judge Wilson Fields said the Louisiana Association of Educators failed to show it would be irreparably harmed because money from the public school financing formula was going to the schools. The teacher union filed a lawsuit ...
27, Nov 2014 - Orleans, LA New Orleans man facing 620 years in prison on child pornography charges
A New Orleans man is facing up to 620 years in prison after authorities say he was caught with child pornography. Evan Bradford, 21, was arrested Wednesday (Nov. 19) following a multi-agency investigation, according to a release from the Louisiana...
27, Nov 2014 - Opposition to private prisons in Arkansas
A group that advocates rehabilitation of people convicted of crimes has issued a statement blasting moves to have Arkansas again try private contractors to house prison inmates. Sen. Eddie Joe Williams arranged an unofficial legislative visit last week with a Louisiana private prison operator, LaSalle , at the Wrightsville unit . The rehabilitation advocate, Arkansas Cure , says it's a bad idea ...
27, Nov 2014 - Kelly, LA Trio suspected in La. armed robbery arrested in FL after similar crime
Three men suspected of robbing a McDonald's in Louisiana at gunpoint were arrested after a similar crime in Florida. Two of the men are from Louisiana.
27, Nov 2014 - Orleans, LA Prisoner says state conducts illegal body searches
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers for a Louisiana prison inmate whose conviction in the 1972 death of a guard was overturned say he has been subjected to illegal "body cavity searches" while he awaits the next step in his prosecution. The inmate is Albert Woodfox, 67, one of the Louisiana prisoners supporters have dubbed the "Angola Three," owing to their long stretches in solitary confinement at the ...
26, Nov 2014 - Dismissal sought of Jindal's anti-Common Core suit
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge peppered attorneys with questions Thursday about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit accusing U.S. education officials of manipulating $4.3 billion in federal grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt Common Core standards and testing.
26, Nov 2014 - Obama administration asks federal judge to dismiss Gov. Jindal's anti-Common Core lawsuit
BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge peppered attorneys with questions Thursday about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit accusing U.S. education officials of manipulating $4.3 billion in federal grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt Common Core standards and testing.
26, Nov 2014 - Louisiana AG disagrees with ruling that would free 'Angola Three' inmate
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana's attorney general disagreed on Friday with a federal court ruling overturning the conviction of the last of the prisoners known as the "Angola Three," who has spent 42 years in solitary confinement. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday affirmed a 2013 ruling that overturned the conviction of Albert Woodfox for the 1972 ...
26, Nov 2014 - La. men must pay $1.5M in deer smuggling case
Three Slidell, Louisiana, men have been sentenced in a federal deer-smuggling case and ordered to pay $1.5 million to the Mississippi state wildlife agency.
26, Nov 2014 - Westmoreland County man pleads in Louisiana child-sex case
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26, Nov 2014 - Ouachita, LA U.S. Attorney: 4 indicted in drug trafficking Operation: Not So Swift
A federal grand jury has indicted 4 people in a major drug trafficking operation in Northwest Louisiana dubbed Operation: Not So Swift. 
26, Nov 2014 - Jackson, LA AG's Office special unit captures attempted murder fugitive
The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General reported a special unit captured Carlos Cespedes, 47, of Morgan City, over the weekend. Officials said he was found in New Orleans.
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