Court Rules





Appendix A - Affidavit of Financial Condition.

Section 1. There shall be no smoking, chewing of tobacco or gum, drinking or eating in the courtroom at any time.

Section 2. Consultation by attorneys with clients and witnesses shall be conducted outside the Courtroom while Court is in session. When consultation is necessary in the Courtroom, it shall be kept to a minimum and done in such a manner as to not disrupt the Court proceedings.

Section 3. Everyone must rise when instructed to do so and upon the opening, closing or declaring of recesses of Court.

Section 4. At no time shall any person approach the bench or walk between counsel table and the bench without first obtaining permission from the Court.

Section 5. Attorneys shall attire themselves consistently with the dignity and formality of appearance before the Court. For gentlemen, this means a coat and tie. For ladies, this means professional attire. All attorneys shall be respectful to the Court and to each other at all times.

Section 6. Witnesses and spectators shall present a neat and clean appearance, within the limits of propriety. The Court will make allowances for those who must appear in working attire.

Section 7. Attorneys in argument shall not interrupt one another, and they shall address all remarks, objections and comments to the bench and never to opposing counsel. Impromptu argument or discussions between counsel will not be permitted.

Section 8. Sketching, photographing, tape recording, video recording and any other documentation of proceedings is prohibited. There shall be no cellular telephones OR beepers in the courtroom. No cameras of any kind shall be permitted in the Courtroom or other location of Court proceedings without the permission of the Judge. This rule shall not apply to ceremonial proceedings which include Law Day celebration, the ceremonial opening of Court in the Fall of each year or any other proceedings in which the Judge may authorize reproduction.

Section 9.
Clients and witnesses shall be advised not to bring children to court, except in unusual circumstances where the child(ren) may be called as witnesses. When a child is to be a witness in a proceeding, arrangements shall be made to have child on a standby basis until their testimony is needed, preferably waiting at a location other than the Courthouse. Children, under the age of twelve (12), shall not be allowed in the courtroom without special permission of the Court.


Section 1. Court, both civil and criminal, will convene on the first Tuesday of September following Labor Day of each year, and will remain in session throughout the year in accordance with the schedule to be prepared by the Court.

Section 2. The schedule of this Court is as follows:

I. Except during Petit and Civil Jury Weeks:

(a) Motion Hour - Each Tuesday beginning at 9:00 A.M.
(b) Criminal Arraignments at 9:00 A.M. and Misdemeanor Trials at 1:30 P.M.
Each Monday
(c) Trial Days - Wednesday and Friday beginning at 9:00 A.M.
Thursday beginning at 1:30 P.M.
(d) Juvenile Court - Each Thursday beginning at 9:00 A.M.

II. Grand Jury - First Tuesday in March and September.

III. Petit Jury - One week to be designated by the Court during the months of January, March, May, June, September and November.

IV. Civil Jury - One week to be designated by the Court during the months of February, April, July and October.

Section 3. The Court week begins on Monday. If Monday, or any other day on which Court is scheduled to convene is a legal holiday, Court will convene instead on the first legal day following. For any reason deemed sufficient, the Court may be adjourned before or extended beyond the expiration of the time allotted.

Section 4. Nothing herein shall be construed as preventing the opening of Court for the trials of misdemeanors on any legal day; as preventing the conversion of a jury term into a non-jury term, or vice-versa; or as preventing the cancellation of Court scheduled to be held on any day or at any time.


Section 1. Court will open its daily sessions at 9:00 a.m., at noon a recess will be taken until 1:30 p.m., and Court will adjourn at 4:30 p.m.

Section 2. No new cases shall be taken up for trial after 3:00 p.m., unless ordered by the Court and previous notice is given to all attorneys of record.


Section 1. The order of business at Motion Hour shall be as follows:

(a) Reading of Minutes. (waived)
(b) Judgment Debtor Rules.
(c) Filing of Pleadings.
(d) Judgments for Signature.
(e) Motions and Assignments of Cases for Trial.
(f) Preliminary Defaults.
(g) Confirmations of Defaults Not Requiring Testimony.
(h) Confirmations of Defaults Requiring Testimony.
(i) Hearings on Rules to Which No Answer Has Been Filed or Opposition Raised.
(j) Trial of Cases Fixed on Docket.

Section 2. Defaults may be confirmed on any day upon submission of proper affidavits, clerk’s certificate and statement regarding attorney’s fee. No minute entry is required.

Section 3. Preliminary Defaults may be entered without the necessity of a personal appearance. To accomplish this, counsel will either file an appropriated motion or write a letter addressed to the Clerk of Court requesting the entry of a preliminary default and setting forth:

1) The title of the suit.
2) The number of the suit.
3) The date of service of process.
During motion hour at the next session of Court, the Minute Clerk shall cause such preliminary defaults to be entered in the usual manner.


Section 1. An applicant to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to CCP Article 5181, et seq. shall execute an affidavit of financial condition in the form set forth in Appendix A of these rules. The affidavit of financial condition shall accompany the motion to proceed in forma pauperis and the affidavits required by CCP Article 5181, et seq.

Section 2. Once a party who had been allowed to proceed in forma pauperis has been cast with costs, agreed to pay costs or been ordered to pay costs by stipulation, agreement, order or judgment, that party shall not be allowed to proceed, in forma pauperis or otherwise, in that matter until such costs have been paid in full.


Section 1. Contested matters will be assigned for trial on the date(s) to be fixed by the Judge’s office. Unless otherwise provided by law, no suit requiring a trial on merits shall be assigned for trial until a party desiring that a case be set for trial shall advise the Court, by letter, that all issues have been joined, that all pre-trial motions, exceptions, interrogatories, requests, and discovery proceedings have been completed. A “Security for Costs” letter or pleading must be filed with each bench trial request. An Order granting jury trial and setting the bond along with the Jury Filing Fee must be filed with each jury trial request. The Court will then send to counsel the Court’s form titled “Motion to Set for Trial on Merits” to be completed by counsel and returned to the Court.



The above cause be tried by jury as prayed for according to law;
The bond for the costs of the jury, as provided by law, is hereby fixed at $______________.

THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, on this_________ day of _______________________, 2008.


JUDGE __________________________________


Section 1. On motion of any party, or on its own motion, the Court may order a pre-trial conference. The pre-trial procedure shall be in accordance with Article 1551 of the Code of Civil Procedure. At the pre-trial conference, all counsel must be fully prepared to inform the Court on all matters pertinent to the issues. The pre-trial conference shall be by telephone, unless a conference is requested by one of the parties and/or ordered by the Court. It shall be the duty of the party who requested the conference to arrange the necessary phone connections, for the time set by the Court. If trial counsel is unable to attend the pre-trial conference, he shall send someone in his stead who will be authorized to enter in stipulations, agreements, admissions of fact or law and be able to discuss all issues of the case, including the possibility of settlement.


Section 1. All exceptions and motions for summary judgment shall be accompanied by a
brief written statement of the facts and reasons in support of the exception or motion and a memorandum of authorities on which the party relies. Copies shall be furnished to opposing counsel. Each party opposing the exception or motion for summary judgment shall serve and file, no later than one (1) day before the hearing, a brief statement of the facts and reasons advanced in opposition to the exception or motion and a memorandum of authorities relied on. Any exception or motion for summary judgment which is filed without a memorandum of authorities annexed shall be dismissed. Attorneys appearing without having timely filed the required memorandum of authorities may not be permitted to argue.


Section 1. Except for good cause shown, a pre-trial brief shall be submitted by the parties to a trial on the merits at least five (5) working days prior to trial. It will not be necessary to file such a brief in connection with rules for alimony or child support, or suits on notes or open accounts unless there are unusual or complicated issues of law or fact to be considered. Briefs shall set forth the facts expected to be proved, the issues involved and the law pertaining thereto in that order. Supplemental briefs may be filed at anytime. Failure to file a brief will result in such disciplinary action as the Court may deem necessary.

Section 2. Original briefs shall be filed with the Clerk of Court and a copy shall be mailed or delivered to the trial judge.


Section 1. A case or other matter shall be considered as fully submitted for a decision immediately upon the conclusion of trial or hearing.

Section 2. If the Court, in an exceptional case, orders post-trial or post-hearing briefs, or orders the transcript prepared, plaintiff shall be allowed a maximum of twenty (20) days in which to file a brief; defendant shall be allowed a maximum twenty (20) days from the filing or lapse of time for filing plaintiff’s brief (whichever occurs sooner) within which to file a brief. If the defendant timely files a brief, plaintiff shall be allowed a maximum of ten (10) days to file a rebuttal brief. When briefs are ordered, the case or matter shall be considered fully submitted on the day following the day of the latest timely filing of a brief or, at the latest, the day following the last day for filing of briefs. The Court may, upon application in writing and for good cause, extend the time for filing a brief for a reasonable period, not to exceed the original time granted.

Section 3. If a transcript of the evidence, in an exceptional case, is deemed essential and is ordered by the Court, it shall be filed within thirty (30) days following the conclusion of trial or hearing. When necessary, for good cause shown, one (1) extension may be granted by the Court not to exceed an additional fifteen (15) days for filing of the transcript.

Section 4. When post-trial or post-hearing briefs have been ordered, counsel has the responsibility of obtaining the record from the Clerk, and shall return same to the Clerk with the filing of their brief or upon the expiration of the permitted delays, whichever is sooner. After all briefs have been filed, or after the expiration of all delays for the filing of briefs, the Clerk shall deliver the record to the Judge who presided at the trial of the case.

Section 5. All briefs shall be filed with the Clerk of Court who shall note on the brief the date of receipt. A copy of all briefs shall be mailed or delivered to the trial judge. The Judge may refuse to receive or consider a brief filed after the delay for filing such brief has expired.

Section 6. A copy of each brief filed in a pending case must either be handed or mailed to all opposing counsel by the attorney filing same at or prior to the time the brief is filed with the court, which fact shall be made to appear by a certificate of the attorney to that effect endorsed on the brief.


Section 1. At all trials or hearings and upon first addressing the Court or taking any part in such trials or hearings, counsel shall announce his or her name and the name of the party or parties he or she represents.

Section 2. Only one counsel for each separate interest shall conduct the examination of any one witness, present argument or urge objections with respect to the testimony of that witness, except with leave of court.

Section 3. Before referring to or using or offering into evidence any exhibit, (whether book, paper, document, model, diagram, or any other type of exhibit), counsel shall first ensure that it is marked for identification.

Section 4. The Court, in its discretion, upon motion of counsel or upon its own motion, may require that a non-jury civil case be argued orally and submitted immediately upon the conclusion of taking testimony. The time for oral arguments shall be designated by the Court as to each party entitled to argue the matter.


Section 1. In ordering subpoenas, attorneys must give the residence of witness, or must state where the witness can be found, if within their knowledge.

Section 2. Orders for witnesses or requests for the issuance of subpoenas must be in writing and must be submitted to the Clerk of Court’s office. Subpoenas for witnesses residing in the parish where the trial is conducted shall be applied for at least seventy-two (72) hours before trial. Subpoenas for witness residing outside of the parish where the trial is being conducted shall be applied for at least ten (10) days before trial.


To expedite the trial of cases, and to insure timely subpoenaing of witnesses, attorneys desiring witnesses subpoenaed shall submit a written list of the names and complete physical addresses of the witnesses to the Clerk of Court, at least ten (10) legal days in advance of the trial for those witnesses living in the parish. Costs for subpoenas shall accompany the requests or the subpoenas shall not be issued, except as provided by law.

Section 3. The sheriffs and their deputies shall make personal service of subpoenas for witnesses where possible; otherwise, they must state in their return what efforts were made to make such service.

Section 4. Failure to timely serve subpoenas may result in the denial of continuance should such witness fail to appear.


Section 1. Only attorneys at law shall be permitted to withdraw records and they shall abide by the Clerk of Court’s procedure for checking out records. All records shall be returned to the Clerk of Court’s office within seventy-two (72) hours of being removed. All attorneys at law from out of town must have an order signed by the Judge allowing them to check out a record and said record must be returned to the Clerk of Court, in person, no later than seven (7) days from the date removed.

Section 2. All records and documents pertaining to a case pending shall be in the Courtroom on the day such case is to be tried.


Section 1. All petitions seeking ex parte order for provisional custody of children shall be accompanied by a separate affidavit of the party seeking custody setting forth how long the child or children have been in the petitioner’s custody and in what manner the physical custody was obtained.

Section 2. In each separation or divorce case where an answer is filed by the defendant in
propria persona, the trial may not proceed unless either the defendant is present in Court, or the plaintiff shows by competent evidence that the defendant was notified in writing of the date and hour scheduled for the trial which notice must have been given to defendant not less than (10) days prior to the date of the trial.

Section 3. The fixing of child support shall be in accordance with LSA R.S. 9:315, et seq. The parties shall complete the worksheet set forth in LSA R.S. 9:315.14. Each party shall attach to the worksheet the verified income statement and documentation required by LSA R.S. 9:315.2A. This worksheet shall be signed by both parties and their attorneys and shall be filed in the record.

Section 4. Whenever any party requests joint custody, each party shall, not later than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the trial of issue, file in the court record and submit a copy to the presiding Judge a plan of implementation.

The plan of implementation shall include provisions for:

(a) The residence of the child;
(b) Financial support;
(c) Visitation;
(d) Holidays, birthdays and vacation visitation;
(e) Education;
(f) Religious Training;
(g) Access to the child’s records;
(h) Medical and dental care;
(i) Communication between the child and parents; and
(j) Conflict resolution.

Section 5. When it appears on the fact of a petition or motion that custody or visitation is an issue for decision, the Court may require the parties to mediate. In any custody or visitation proceeding, if the rule is contested on the date fixed in the Order, when the case is called, a pre-trial conference will be held. If no settlement is agreed upon, the Court may require the parties to mediate their differences. The mediator shall be selected by the Court.

The Court may apportion the costs of the mediation between the parties. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, costs of mediation shall be equally divided between and paid by the parties. All mediation will be handled on a fee schedule based on income.

Noncompliance with the provisions of the order of Mediation will subject such party to the contempt powers of the Court.

Upon resolution of the controversies by the parties, the mediator shall prepare and provide to each party a written, signed and dated agreement, verified by the mediator, setting forth the settlement terms of the controversies. If an agreement is reached by the parties through mediation, a consent judgment and/or plan of mediation incorporating the agreement shall be prepared by respective counsel for each of the parties. The consent judgment and/or plan of mediation shall be submitted to the Court for its approval and signature.

Section 6. When custody or visitation is or appears to be an issue for decision, each party shall provide to the Court prior to the time fixed for trial of the rule a verified income statement showing gross income and adjusted gross income, together with documentation of current and past earnings. The documentation shall include a copy of each party’s most recent federal tax return. Failure to provide the statement and documentation shall result in the party being assessed the maximum mediation cost per hour pursuant to the income-based fee schedule.


Section 1. In accordance with La. R.S. 46:2136.2 (C), all temporary restraining orders, protective orders, and judgments containing orders of protection issued pursuant to any motion, rule, petition, or reconventional demand, as well as motions to modify, dissolve or dismiss said orders or judgments, shall be submitted to the Court on the forms mandated by law. Copies of forms may be obtained from the Clerk of Court, the Louisiana Protective Order Registry, 1555 Poydras Street, Ste. 1540, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-3701, or its web site at
Section 2. Before a dismissal judgment is signed, all costs must be paid in full.


Section 1. Court Reporter.
The official Court Reporter shall attend each session of the Court and preform such duties as prescribed by law or assigned by the presiding Judge.

Request by counsel for the transcript of any proceeding in Court shall be by oral motion in open court entered upon the Minutes or by written request therefor directed to the Court Reporter and all costs associated therewith must be paid in advance before any transcription begins.

Section 2. Clerk of Court.
The Clerk of Court or his officially delegated deputy acting as Minute Clerk shall be in attendance at all times while the Court is in session.

The minutes of each session shall be entered into a permanent Minute Book.

The Clerk of Court is not required to accept any civil suit or pleading therein which does not comply with the Uniform Rules of the Court of Appeal.

Section 3. All instructions and orders to the Sheriff and Clerk must be in writing and, if required, shall be produced in Open Court.

Section 4. All stipulations or agreements of counsel must be signed and filed in the record, or they must be announced in Open Court, taken down by the Court Reporter and a transcript of such stipulations or agreements filed in the record.


Section 1. All motions to withdraw as counsel must be presented to the judge for review and signature.

Section 2. Prior to the mailing or serving of a notice by the Court for the purpose of assigning the case for hearing or trial, any attorney may, by ex parte order, be permitted to withdraw his/her representation of a party litigant.

Section 3. Following the mailing or serving of such hearing or trial notice, an attorney may withdraw his/her representation of a party litigant only upon contradictory motion and hearing and for good cause shown. All opposing counsel, unrepresented parties, and the party whom the attorney represents shall be served with a copy of the motion and order to show cause why mover should not be permitted to withdraw. The Court shall not grant the motion if doing so would necessitate the delaying or reassignment of the case for trial.

Section 4. An attorney seeking to withdraw by ex parte order shall give notice of same to all counsel of record and shall certify in his motion that the client has been advised of his withdrawal and that the other provisions of this rule in reference to notice to other parties have been complied with, that there is no pending trial or hearing that will be delayed because of the withdrawal of counsel, and shall provide an address where the client may be served directly with future notices. In all cases of withdrawal, the attorney shall advise the party he was previously representing, by certified mail, that he is no longer counsel to him and shall further advise him of the status of the case on the Court’s docket. Evidence of such notification shall be filed in the record of the pending procedure.

Section 5. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to prevent the substitution of counsel for a litigant at any time prior to commencement of hearing or trial, provided that the motion to substitute is signed by both the withdrawing attorney and the one to be enrolled.


Section 1. Counsel in criminal cases may enroll by written or oral motion. Withdrawal of counsel shall only be allowed for good cause shown after contradictory hearing with the District Attorney’s office. Failure of a defendant to pay attorney fees shall not automatically be considered good cause for withdrawal.


Section 1. When deemed necessary by the filing attorney, this Court will accept motions and pleadings sent to the Court by use of facsimile machine. If the copy is accepted by the Court, the original motion or pleading must be filed in the Clerk of Court’s Office within five (5) legal days from the date the facsimile copy was filed.


Section 1. Each year, on the last day of June, all civil suits in which no action has been taken or no order has been entered for at least one (1) year preceding that date shall be transferred to the Dead Docket. In all such cases transferred to the Dead Docket, refunds shall be made of the unexpended deposits of court costs, if the deposits exceed the costs; or, if the accrued costs exceed the deposit, upon notification by the Clerk of Court, the plaintiff shall make a sufficient deposit to cover such excess. When a case has been transferred to the Dead Docket, no further action shall be taken until the case has been restored to the current docket.

Section 2. A suit which has been transferred to the Dead Docket may be restored to the current docket upon motion of any counsel of record or party to the suit, provided that at the time such motion is made the party desiring to have the case restored to the current docket presents and files a certificate of the Clerk of Court to the effect that some action has been taken in the prosecution of the case within the preceding five (5) years.

Section 3. Not later than January 1st of each year, the Clerk of Court shall present to the Court a list of all actions that have been abandoned under Article 561 of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, and which have not been dismissed, and the Judge of the Court forthwith shall enter an Order formally dismissing the same.

Section 4. All civil judgments of dismissal tendered to Judge(s) for signature shall have annexed to them a Clerk’s certification indicating that all costs have been paid. No judgment of dismissal shall be signed without the accompanied certificate unless same is waived by the Clerk of Court.


Section 1. The Clerk shall estimate costs and send a statement to the appellant and counsel for all parties. The appellant shall remit payment within twenty (20) days, and the Court may grant a twenty (20) day extension for good cause shown.

Section 2. After the record is prepared, the Clerk shall refund any difference or send notice regarding additional costs due, in the same manner as the original statement. Appellant must remit payment of any additional costs within twenty (20) days of mailing of notice.

Section 3. Upon its own motion or the motion of any interested party, including the Clerk of Court, the Court may find that the appellant has failed to pay costs, and the Court may:

a) Grant an extension of up to thirty (30) additional days; or
b) Impose a fine on the appellant, the attorney, or both; or
c) Dismiss the appeal; or
d) Impose a fine and costs and grant an additional thirty (30) days.


Section 1. No attorney, party litigant, or other person shall contact any prospective juror, or a member of a prospective juror’s immediate family, for the purpose of obtaining information concerning the background of any prospective juror.

Section 2. After trial or following a verdict, no juror has any obligation to speak to any person about any case and may refuse all interviews or comments. No person may make repeated requests for interviews or questions after a juror has expressed his or her desire not to be interviewed.

Section 3. No juror or alternate juror who consents to be interviewed may disclose any information with respect to the following:

1. The specific vote of any juror other than the juror being interviewed.
2. The deliberations of the jury.
3. For the purposes of obtaining evidence of improprieties in the jury’s deliberation.

Section 4. After trial or following a verdict, no party or other attorney shall, personally or through another person, contact, interview, examine or question any juror or alternate juror or any relative, friend or associate thereof, except on leave of court granted upon good cause shown.

Section 5. Any violation of this rule may be punishable as a contempt of the court.


Section 1. All pleadings, motions, exceptions and judgments, except public documents or similar exhibits, shall be typewritten on good white unglazed paper of legal size with a margin at the top of each page of not less than two inches and a left and right hand margin of not less than one inch. The impression must be on one side of the paper only and must be doubled spaced, except for matters customarily single-spaced and indented. All documents shall contain the title and number of the case and the nature of the filing. The required form for such filings shall substantially conform to the following example:

VS. NO. _____________
DTY CL._____________________
Section 2. Every pleading of a party represented by an attorney shall be signed by at least one attorney of record and shall state the attorney’s individual name, office or street address, telephone number, zip code and bar roll number. All notices shall be addressed to such attorney.

Section 3. A party appearing pro se shall sign the pleading and state the party’s full name, address, telephone number and zip code.

Section 4. Any change of address must be noted in the record, with copies of such notice mailed to other counsel or parties pro se. The failure to do so will bar such attorney or party pro se from pleading the non receipt of any notice mailed to the former address.

Section 5. A motion for an extension of time shall contain a statement as to whether it is for a first or subsequent extension.

Section 6. The Judge, at his discretion, in any particular case or circumstance, by oral order may change or suspend any of said rules, or in any case or matter, may order that a procedure different from that prescribed in said rules be adopted or followed.


Section 1. All pleadings shall be taken to the Clerk of Court’s office for filing. Initial filings, including all succession maters and minor’s settlements, shall be filed with the clerk and randomly assigned a docket number. The clerk shall then deliver all filings which have an attached order or judgment to the judge. After acting on the requested relief, the judge shall return the original filing to the clerk.


Section 1. Any or all of the above rules may be amended or rescinded, and new or additional rules, may be added, at anytime by written order of the Judge spread upon the Minutes of the Court.

Section 2. The Judge, at his discretion, in any particular case or circumstances, by oral order may change or suspend any of said rules, or in any case or matter may order that a procedure different from that prescribed in said rules be adopted or followed.


THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, on this_________ day of _______________________, 2008.



Affidavit of Financial Condition