COURTS: List of La. courts reopening in Phase 1

COURTS: List of La. courts reopening in Phase 1
Courts serving the WAFB viewing area announced changes to operations in the coming days. 19th Judicial District Courthouse

(WAFB) - List of courts serving the WAFB viewing area and their reopening dates as part of Phase One.

Please note not all courts have announced their reopening dates yet.



Baton Rouge City Court will reopen Monday, May 18. The public will be allowed to pay fines and fees in person and to file civil pleadings in person.

The court will also be open to the public for drug screens, to pay and handle outstanding bench warrants, to obtain extensions, and to visit the onsite OMV office.

However, due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a limited number of persons will be allowed in the courthouse.

Officials continue to encourage the public to visit the Baton Rouge City Court’s website to pay fines and fees online by clicking here or by telephone 225-389-5279 and to utilize fax filing for civil cases

The Baton Rouge City Court fax filing number is 225-389-5260 and payments can be made online by clicking here.

Everyone who enters the courthouse will be required to wear a mask and submit to an infrared thermometer check.

While in the courthouse, strict adherence to the court’s social distancing guidelines will be required.

Only the individual with court business will be allowed inside the courthouse unless that individual is being accompanied by a caregiver or an interpreter.


For criminal questions please call: 225-389-5294

For payment questions please call: 225-389-5289

For civil filings please call: 225-389-3017

Baton Rouge City Court/Office of Motor Vehicles (Public Tag Office) is currently open to the public from 8:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m. located at 233 St. Louis Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

The following services are provided:

· Duplicate and Renewal of an Existing Driver’s Licenses

· Renewal of Vehicle Registration

· Reinstatement of Suspended Driver’s Licenses (Resulting from Failure to Comply and Written Promise to Appear)


The East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court’s Office will reopen its operations Monday, May 18, however, the City Hall, Archives, and Airline Branch offices will not be open to public traffic until Wednesday, May 20 upon city-parish clearance. Upon reopening, the Clerk of Court’s hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The offices in the 19th Judicial District Courthouse will be open Monday with safety measures in place. The drive-thru recording service at the Airline Branch will remain in place until the general reopening of city-parish buildings.

The office will begin scheduling appointments by phone for the following public services on Monday at both locations to resume upon reopening. Appointments are not required, but are strongly suggested and recommended to promote safe distancing between customers.

Marriage Licenses (downtown and Airline)

  • Visit to complete and transmit marriage license applications for fastest processing

Passport Applications (Airline and downtown)

  • For Marriage License or Passport appointments, call Downtown at 225-389-3950 or Airline at 225-293-2933

Birth and Death Certificates (downtown office in City Hall only)

  • For Birth and Death Certificate appointments, call 225-389-5277


The 21 Judicial District Court will begin in person court beginning June 1

If you have a notice for court or your date was continued to a new date please appear. There will be a check in system for you to check in from your car once arriving in the parking lot.

Signs will be posted with instructions. You can also visit our website for instructions.

If you had a previous court date, go to the website, click on your original court date to receive your new court date.

Some courts will continue by ZOOM. You should have received notice for these. All juvenile court will continue by ZOOM for the month of June.

You must wear a mask and have your temperature taken at the door before entering.

Only persons on the docket will be allowed into the courthouse. A limited number of people will be allowed in the courthouse at any given time to be in compliance with social distancing and Phase 1 requirements.

If you have additional questions you can call 225-686-7461 or 985-748-9445.



19th Judicial District Court is closed through Friday, May 15. The 19th JDC suspended jury trials for civil cases, criminal cases, traffic hearings, and jury duty until Thursday, April 30. 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.

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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


  • 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.


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 and the Louisiana Supreme Court’s website at


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


Zachary City Court shall remain closed through Friday, May 1, reopening on Monday, May 4 at 7:30 a.m. Those who need to make a payment can do so online at or by calling 1-877-793-7141. For more information about your court date, call Zachary City Court at 225-654-0044.

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