COURTS: Some La. court proceedings canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

19th Judicial District Court suspends all jury trials

(WAFB) - Courts serving the WAFB viewing area announced changes to operations in the coming days.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH

19th Judicial District Court and the EBR Clerk of Court’s Office are closed until Monday, April 13. Beginning Thursday, March 19, the Clerk of Court will remain open between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Airline Highway branch office (9050 Airline Hwy., Suite 100) only for the purpose of submitting Recorded Documents/Notarial Acts only. There will be no admittance to the building.

  • Emergency filings with the clerks office can be made from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Monday through Friday during this time period
  • Anyone who has been summonsed for jury duty during this time should not report to the courthouse
  • All court appearance dates will be rescheduled, litigants will receive notice of their new court dates, and bench warrants will not be issued
  • This announcement does NOT include EBR Family Court. It will be making an announcement of its own.

The 19th JDC suspended jury trials for civil cases, criminal cases, traffic hearings, and jury duty until Friday, March 27. Emergency Filings will be accepted in the courthouse at 300 North Boulevard Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Electronic filings will be accepted during this time as well. The fax filing number is 225-389-3392.

Individuals participating in those hearing are asked not to show up to the courthouse.

The courthouse itself will remain open and family court matters will be heard, however.

In the City Court of the City of Baker, all court appearances between Monday, March 16 and Friday, March 27 will be rescheduled. In-person mediation conferences between Monday, March 16 and Friday, March 27 will also be rescheduled.

All parole, pardon, revocation, and administrative hearings have been suspended for the next 30 days by the Board of Pardons & Committee on Parole. The decision will be reevaluated every 30 days going forward until the threat of the virus subsides. Anyone with questions should email paroleboard@corrections.state.la.us.

DETAILS

  • All Parole hearings that have been docketed will be reviewed and will be rescheduled or removed, depending on proximity of Good Time Parole Status release dates and or Full Term dates
  • All Pardon hearings will be rescheduled at a later date
  • All Revocation hearings will be reviewed and rescheduled at a later date
  • All Administrative hearings will be rescheduled at a later date
  • The Committee on Parole will still issue release certificates for offenders who have been granted

Normal court operations at Baton Rouge City Court will be suspended March 23 through April 10. The court will be open to the public to take civil filings and to pay fines and fees. However, the public is encouraged to pay fines and fees online, by phone, or by fax if possible. The fax filing number is 225-389-5260. All prescriptive periods remain unaffected at this time. Cases will be reassigned and the court will send out notices by mail. Anyone with criminal questions should call 225-389-5294. Anyone with payment questions should call 225-389-5279.

All East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court proceedings are suspended and all dockets are canceled until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 13 except for emergency and time sensitive matters as listed below:

  • Proceedings for juveniles who have been arrested and are being held in the Juvenile Detention Center
  • Proceedings for children who have been removed from their homes by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

Court will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for emergency filings only.

The courthouse and Docketing Department will remain open. All Juvenile Court employees should report to work as usual. Those with questions should call the Juvenile Court at 225-354-1250.


ASCENSION, ASSUMPTION & ST. JAMES PARISHES

  • The 23rd Judicial District Court and Ascension Parish Court, along with the Ascension, Assumption, and St. James Clerks of Court will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday from March 20 to April 3. The court will continue to hear emergency and/or time sensitive matters for criminal and civil cases.
  • The 23rd Judicial District Court and the Ascension Parish Court have suspended all scheduled court proceedings until further notice. The Court will still be open to conduct other business and will hear emergency and/or time-sensitive cases as needed. If you have any questions concerning your court appearance contact the appropriate judge’s office as follows: Judge Verdigets, Judge Turner, Judge Stromberg, and Judge Lanoux at 225-621-8500; Judge Kliebert at 225-562-2280; or Judge St. Pierre (Ad Hoc) at 985-369-8801.

LIVINGSTON PARISH, ST. HELENA & TANGIPAHOA PARISHES

The District Attorney’s Office will no longer have face-to-face contact with the public. Until further notice, the office will be open, but only for over-the-phone assistance. Calls will be answered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Since most cases are suspended at this time, warrants will not be issued for failing to appear. New court dates will be issued when full court operations resume.


IBERVILLE, WEST BATON ROUGE & POINTE COUPEE PARISHES

The Iberville Parish Courthouse will shut down Friday, March 20 at 12 p.m. and will be closed until further notice. All non-essential employees will begin working from home at noon Friday until further notice.

All jury trials, both civil and criminal, scheduled to commence between March 18 and March 27 are continued, and will be reset by the respective court except as otherwise noted, all civil and criminal non-jury trials, Traffic Court, Misdemeanor Court, Civil and Criminal hearings, Civil and Criminal Court Appearances and Criminal Arraignments, Pretrial Conferences, Sentencing Hearings and Revocations set for any date are continued and will be reset by this court, except for hearings related to the following emergency matters:

  • Civil protective orders
  • Child in Need of Care proceedings
  • Emergency child custody matters, including La. C.C.P. Art. 3945 matters
  • Proceedings for children removed from their home by emergency court order
  • Proceedings related to emergency interdictions and mental health orders
  • 72 hour hearings and continued custody proceedings
  • Any other matter considered an emergency by the Court

All non-incarcerated individuals set to appear for criminal court in Iberville, West Baton Rouge, or Pointe Coupee parishes between March 18 and March 27 are to report to the respective courthouses on their scheduled court dates to be served with a new court date.

Criminal initial appearances for adults and juveniles, arraignments for incarcerated individuals, and bond hearings (including Gwen’s Law) shall continue as usual and shall be conducted with the use of telephone and video conferencing whenever possible.

Iberville, West Baton Rouge, and Pointe Coupee Clerks of Court Offices are open, however, all business will be conducted by appointment only. Effective immediately, the processing of birth certificates and passports are suspended until further notice. All offices are urged to limit in-person contact as much as possible by utilizing available technologies as follows:

  • Fax filing (convenience fee for fax filing shall be waived) - Iberville Clerk of Court Fax# 225-687-5260
  • West Baton Rouge Clerk of Court Fax# 225-383-3694

Pointe Coupee Clerk of Court Fax# 225-638-9594 - Online Records Database and E-Recording for the following Clerk of Court offices:

Please contact Pointe Coupee Clerk of Court’s office @ 225-638-9596 to access their Online Imaging Database by Subscription.

Fore more information, visit www.18jdc.com and the Louisiana Supreme Court’s website at www.lasc.org.


ST. MARY PARISH

The St. Mary Parish Courthouse will be closed to public access until further notice. Office will continue to be staffed to provide vital services to the community. Business must be conducted over the phone or online. Offices affected are as follows:

  • St. Mary Parish Government
  • 16th Judicial District Court
  • St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Mary Parish Clerk of Court
  • St. Mary Parish Assessor
  • Veteran’s Office
  • Registrar of Voters Offices

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