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The Guide to Louisiana Court Records


The Louisiana trial court system consists of District Courts, Family Court of East Baton Rouge, Juvenile Courts, Parish Courts, City Courts, New Orleans Municipal Court, New Orleans Traffic Court, Justice of the Peace Courts, and Mayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts.
 
District Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, but typically only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts.

Courts with limited jurisdiction over certain types of cases include the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court; Juvenile Courts in Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes; Parish Courts in Ascension and Jefferson Parishes; City Courts; New Orleans Municipal Court; New Orleans Traffic Court; Justice of the Peace Courts; and Mayor’s Courts and Magistrate Courts.

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Louisiana District Courts

District Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, but generally only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts.

District Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over felony crimes and most cases involving property. In East Baton Rouge Parish, cases involving partition of community property are under the exclusive jurisdiction of Family Court.

District Courts may have Criminal, Civil, Family, Juvenile, Domestic Relations, Magistrate, and Drug Court divisions or sections.

District Courts share jurisdiction with City, Parish, Municipal, and Traffic Courts for certain crimes related to driving while intoxicated. Orleans Parish Civil District Court has supervisory jurisdiction over New Orleans City Courts, and Orleans Parish Criminal District Court has supervisory jurisdiction over New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Courts.

Louisiana Family Court of East Baton Rouge

The Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish has exclusive jurisdiction over all actions for divorce, annulment, child custody and child support, alimony, division of community property, and incidental family matters arising in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Louisiana Juvenile Courts

Juvenile Courts of Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes have exclusive jurisdiction over certain types of cases including juvenile delinquency acts committed by persons under 17 years of age, and adoption proceeding involving persons under 17 years of age. There is an exception for serious felonies committed by persons over 15 years of age, who may be tried in District or City Courts.

The extent of jurisdiction exercised by a Juvenile Court varies by court. Juvenile Courts share jurisdiction with District Courts over some child support cases and some criminal cases related to desertion, nonsupport or neglect of a minor.

Other courts may also exercise jurisdiction over juvenile matters, including District Courts, Parish Courts and City Courts. Courts exercising juvenile jurisdiction generally handle most delinquency cases, children in need of care cases, juvenile traffic cases, termination of parental rights, some mental health proceedings and some criminal cases where the victim in a minor.

Louisiana Parish Courts

Parish Courts in Ascension and Jefferson Parishes have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases.

Parish Courts share jurisdiction over some civil cases with District Courts, including general civil cases involving disputes over amounts of money or values of property within certain financial limits.

Parish Courts share criminal jurisdiction with District Courts for certain types of criminal cases, including violations of state, parish, or municipal laws, if the crime is not punishable by a fine of more than $1000 dollars or by more than six months imprisonment.

Parish Courts do not have jurisdiction over cases that involve disputes about title to immovable property, the right to public office or public position, civil or political constitutional rights, annulment, divorce, separation of property, alimony, habeas corpus, cases where the state or parish or other political subdivision is a defendant, and certain other types of cases.

Parish Courts may share jurisdiction with District Courts over some juvenile matters and cases.

Louisiana City Courts

City Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases. In some locations, City Courts have replaced Mayor’s Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts.

Criminal cases generally handled by City Courts include crimes not punishable by hard labor and cases that do not require a trial by jury. Most City Court criminal cases involve misdemeanor, ordinance and traffic violations.

Civil cases generally handled by City Courts include general civil cases with limits on the amount of money or value of property in dispute.

A City Court may have a Small Claims division for most general civil cases with less than $3000 in dispute, exclusive of interest, costs, penalties and fees, when a defendant waives the right to a jury trial and an appeal.

City Courts may also handle some juvenile matters in certain circumstances.

Louisiana New Orleans Municipal Court

New Orleans Municipal Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over violations of city ordinances, except for trafffic violations which are handled by New Orleans Traffic Court. New Orleans Municipal Court shares jurisdiction with Orleans Parish Criminal District Court over violations of state laws that do not require a trial by jury, except for traffic violations.

New Orleans Municipal Court has a Housing and Environmental division with additional jurisdiction over certain types of cases including building code and zoning cases.

Louisiana New Orleans Traffic Court

New Orleans Traffic Court has exclusive jurisdiction over violations of traffic ordinances of the City of New Orleans. It shares jurisdiction with New Orleans Parish Criminal District Court over violations of state traffic and vehicle laws that do not require a trial by jury.

Louisiana Justice of the Peace Courts

Justice of the Peace Courts have limited civil and criminal jurisdiction that may vary by court.

Criminal cases generally handled by Justice of the Peace Courts include preliminary hearings for most criminal cases and litter violations, and may include other types of violations and non-felony criminal cases.

Justice of the Peace Courts share limited jurisdiction over some civil cases with District Courts, including some general civil cases within financial limits.

Justice of the Peace Courts do not have jurisdiction over certain types of cases, including probate matters, cases where the State or political subdivision is a defendant, cases where title to real estate is an issue, and other types of cases as defined by law.

Justice of the Peace Courts do not exist in wards in which City Courts have established.

Louisiana Mayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts

Mayor's Courts handle traffic and local ordinance violations, and may impose fines, imprisonment, probation, and court costs. Most municipalities in Louisiana have a Mayor's Court, unless a City Court has been established.

At a mayor's request, the board of aldermen may appoint a magistrate to preside over the Mayor's Court in place of the mayor.

Where to find court cases in Louisiana

The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Louisiana.
 

Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
CivilDistrict CourtsFamily Court of East Baton RougeJuvenile CourtsParish CourtsCity CourtsNew Orleans Municipal CourtNew Orleans Traffic CourtJustice of the Peace CourtsMayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
 Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the District Courts
        
General Civil - Limited
 Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the City Courts
  
 Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 
Small Claims
 Some Small Claims cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some Small Claims cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Small Claims cases can be found in the City Courts
  
 Some Small Claims cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 
Civil Equity
 Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the City Courts
  
 Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 
Complex Commercial
 Most or all Complex Commercial cases can be found in the District Courts
        
Foreclosures and Liens
 Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the City Courts
  
 Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 
Real Estate Title and Boundary
 Most or all Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the District Courts
        
Landlord / Tenant
 Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the City Courts
  
 Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 
Ordinance Violations  
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the City Courts
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the New Orleans Municipal Court
 
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Mayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
 Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the District Courts
        
Administrative Agency Appeals
 Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the District Courts
        
CriminalDistrict CourtsFamily Court of East Baton RougeJuvenile CourtsParish CourtsCity CourtsNew Orleans Municipal CourtNew Orleans Traffic CourtJustice of the Peace CourtsMayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Felony
 Most or all Felony cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Some Felony cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
      
Felony Preliminary Hearings
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the City Courts
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the New Orleans Municipal Court
 
 Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 
Misdemeanors
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the City Courts
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the New Orleans Municipal Court
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the New Orleans Traffic Court
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Mayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Ordinance Violations  
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the City Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the New Orleans Municipal Court
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the New Orleans Traffic Court
 Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Mayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Juvenile
 Some Juvenile cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Some Juvenile cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Juvenile cases can be found in the City Courts
 Some Juvenile cases can be found in the New Orleans Municipal Court
 Some Juvenile cases can be found in the New Orleans Traffic Court
 Some Juvenile cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 Some Juvenile cases can be found in the Mayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Traffic and Infractions
 Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the City Courts
 
 Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the New Orleans Traffic Court
 Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Mayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Domestic RelationsDistrict CourtsFamily Court of East Baton RougeJuvenile CourtsParish CourtsCity CourtsNew Orleans Municipal CourtNew Orleans Traffic CourtJustice of the Peace CourtsMayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Divorce
 Some Divorce cases can be found in the District Courts
 Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge
       
Child Custody and Visitation
 Some Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the District Courts
 Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge
 
 Some Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the City Courts
    
Child Support
 Some Child Support cases can be found in the District Courts
 Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge
 
 Some Child Support cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Child Support cases can be found in the City Courts
  
 Some Child Support cases can be found in the Justice of the Peace Courts
 
Paternity
 Some Paternity cases can be found in the District Courts
 Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge
 
 Some Paternity cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Paternity cases can be found in the City Courts
    
Domestic Violence Protection Order
 Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the District Courts
 Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge
 
 Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the City Courts
    
JuvenileDistrict CourtsFamily Court of East Baton RougeJuvenile CourtsParish CourtsCity CourtsNew Orleans Municipal CourtNew Orleans Traffic CourtJustice of the Peace CourtsMayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Adoptions
 Some Adoptions cases can be found in the District Courts
        
Juvenile Delinquency
 Some Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Some Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the City Courts
    
Child Abuse and Neglect
 Some Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the City Courts
    
Termination of Parental Rights
 Some Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the City Courts
    
Children in Need of Supervision
 Some Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the District Courts
  
 Some Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the City Courts
    
Mental HealthDistrict CourtsFamily Court of East Baton RougeJuvenile CourtsParish CourtsCity CourtsNew Orleans Municipal CourtNew Orleans Traffic CourtJustice of the Peace CourtsMayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Involuntary Commitments
 Some Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Some Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
      
Other Mental Health Cases
 Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the District Courts
 
 Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Juvenile Courts
 Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the City Courts
    
ProbateDistrict CourtsFamily Court of East Baton RougeJuvenile CourtsParish CourtsCity CourtsNew Orleans Municipal CourtNew Orleans Traffic CourtJustice of the Peace CourtsMayor's Courts and Magistrate Courts
Wills & Estates
 Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the District Courts
        
Name Changes
 Some Name Changes cases can be found in the District Courts
 Some Name Changes cases can be found in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge
       
Trusts
 Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the District Courts
        
Guardianships and Conservatorships
 Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the District Courts
 Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Family Court of East Baton Rouge
 
 Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Parish Courts
 Some Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the City Courts
    


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