Performance of the District Courts

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016



The Louisiana District Judges Association adopted the initial Strategic Plan of the District Courts in November 1999. The Supreme Court approved the plan the same year. The plan was revised and updated in 2005 and 2010 and completely redone in 2015. The 2015-2019 strategic plan consists of five campaigns. The district judges are concentrating on one campaign each year. The first campaign on which the judges focused was CAMPAIGN 2: DEVELOP EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION. The responses to the General Performance Information questions at the end of the survey are included as part of the judicial appropriations process. The questions are included here even though they do not always align with CAMPAIGN 2.



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5th JDC

The 5th JDC updated courtroom security.

7th JDC

The 7th JDC judges and staff participated in a mentoring program with members of the LSU-Alexandria basketball team. All parties formed lasting relationships that are ongoing today.

9th JDC

The 9th JDC reviewed the current bail and bond setting on criminal offenses. The court also implemented special settings in some criminal matters to help expedite certain pending motions in the criminal sections of court.

10th JDC

The 10th JDC created a link on the court's website, providing family law documents to the public.

11th JDC

The 11th JDC installed a new sound system in the courtroom. Finally, everyone can hear!

12th JDC

The 12th JDC developed a new system for collection of fines in cooperation with the Sheriff.

14th JDC

The 14th JDC implemented a change in how felony fines, fees, and costs are paid. They are now paid and collected locally through the sheriff's office. This allows easier methods (cash, credit cards or money orders). The sheriff is working towards expanding online collections as well as using payment kiosks at key locations. This change represents the first step towards the court implementing a collection court to monitor payments and improve collection results. Another major strategy was to improve felony efficiency statistics by fast tracking cases identified by the district attorney's office. The judges will be working with the district attorney to implement faster methods to identify cases tagged for quick resolution.

15th JDC

The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Committee for the Lafayette Region consists of community stakeholders (such as the judiciary, hospitals, and local providers), whose goal is to compile data to help improve the outcomes for substance-exposed newborns in the area. After extensive research, three main strategies to prevent NAS have consistently emerged: 1) improve efforts to prevent NAS before it occurs; 2) enhance screening for NAS risk factors in primary care and obstetric settings; and 3) improve the quality of, and access to, behavioral and medical patient-centered care, including improving inter-agency collaboration, for families affected by Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and NAS, To this end, the committee brought specialized training to the area to help educate local providers on the signs and risk of NAS; developed a screening tool to identify high-risk mothers (now being used in the local health unit); and hopes to provide education throughout the community to educate parents about the effects of substances on unborn babies and newborn infants.

16th JDC

St. Mary Parish Family Court program worked closely with Chez Hope (a domestic violence advocacy agency) to begin a new program, funded by a grant, to provide free, supervised visitation to those parents who are not able to exercise unsupervised custody and visitation with their children. The Keeping Kids in Domestic Situations Safe (K.K.I.D.S.S.) Center allows those parents to maintain a relationship with the children while ensuring the children remain safe. The Center also provides monitored custody exchanges to facilitate a stress free transfer of the children from one parent to another and back again. The Center opened in May 2016, and the Court is making referrals to the Center on a regular basis.

17th JDC

The 17th JDC obtained a federal VAWA grant to operate the PACT Place Supervised Visitation Center to provide safe and secure visitation in domestic violence cases.

19th JDC

The 19th JDC implemented a texting system for potential jurors, which has been a big help.

22nd JDC

The 22nd JDC implemented multi-agency sharing of traffic dispositions and jail sequential intervention.

23rd JDC

The 23rd JDC began electronically processing all petitions for protective orders.

24th JDC

The 24th JDC initiated the Self-Represented Litigant Help Desk.

25th JDC

The 25th JDC continuously updated and improved the self-represented litigant website and the forms provided on the website.

31st JDC

The 31st JDC participated in regular meetings with justice system partners.

32nd JDC

The 32nd JDC began courthouse security checkpoints.

33rd JDC

The 33rd JDC sponsored mock trials for elementary school students.

34th JDC

The 34th JDC began updating telephone and technology use and access to improve communication. The court also reviewed courthouse security and, in partnership with the District Attorney, Clerk of Court, and Sheriff, identified security issues and began to address these issues. The court also purchased a new front door scanner, formed a committee to address added security measures, updated electronic warrant systems, and installed video magistrate cameras.

36th JDC

The 36th JDC initiated preparations with Homeland Security and parish and city law enforcement for an active shooter drill for all courthouse occupants.

37th JDC

The 37th JDC updated jury forms and procedures to better inform jurors and make the juror experience more convenient.

38th JDC

The 38th JDC worked with the local library to provide a workstation and fillable forms for self-represented litigants.

42nd JDC

The 42nd JDC implemented electronic iJury 2016 for jury service.

Caddo Parish Juvenile Court

Caddo Parish Juvenile Court established a second adult drug court that does not include Child in Need of Care cases, but does include adults in Families in Need of Services cases, child support cases, and domestic violence cases.

East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court judges and administration worked together to restructure court operations and to reorganize court staff to create a new case manager position. The case manager will assist the judges with Child In Need of Care (CINC) cases by reducing delays and insuring that all CINC matters proceed through the court process in a manner that prioritizes the best interest of the children and families involved.

Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court

The Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court website was updated and now includes online fee payment.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court

Orleans Parish Civil District Court was a recipient of the Pro Bono Institute's 2016 Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award. The award was used to partially fund the Self-Help Desk in Civil District Court.

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court restructured the judicial committees, continued to provide the Re-Entry Program, and pursued funds for the AiSmart Bench judicial information management system.

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