Performance of the City and Parish Courts

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 1: TO ESTABLISH A MORE OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE.


Objective

1.5 To encourage all responsible public bodies and public officers to make the costs of access to the court’s proceedings and records - whether measured in terms of money, time, or the procedures that must be followed - reasonable, fair, and affordable.

Intent of the Objective

Litigants and others who use the services of the city and parish courts can face financial barriers to accessing them. These include fees and court costs, third-party expenses (e.g., deposition costs and expert witness fees), attorney fees and costs, costs associated with time delays and overall lengthiness of proceedings, and the cost of accessing records. This objective addresses the need for court leaders to work with other public bodies and officers to make the costs of access to court proceedings and records reasonable, fair, and affordable.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to assist pro se/self-represented litigants.

QuestionIdQuestionStatementResponse
1010664627What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to assist pro se/self-represented litigants?Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to assist pro se/self-represented litigants.
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Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to assist pro se/self-represented litigants.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
BATON ROUGE CITY COURT
The court developed cards to hand to pro se litigants that contain information on assistance from the local bar association and legal services organization. This information is also contained in publications on display in the courthouse.
JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT
A receptionist was available during all hours of operation. In addition, the court provided personnel to direct the public to correct locations and provided information on procedures during traffic court hours. The clerk of court allows access to the court record database for the purpose search, date compliance. The clerk of court also provides some pro se forms and use of email for delivering to the general public. The judicial clerks' office also uses email for delivering of out-of-town affidavit information. Judges provide guidance and assistance to pro se litigants when they determine there is a need.
JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT
The judges provide guidance to self-represented litigants when necessary.
JENNINGS CITY COURT
The judge served on Supreme Court Forms Committee to develop forms for pro se litigants.
LAFAYETTE CITY COURT
The court regularly participated in training regarding self-represented litigants.
NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT
Every section of Municipal Court continued to have an Orleans Parish Public Defender (OPPD) assigned to handle the daily-docketed inmates. The OPPD continued a satellite office located at Municipal Court, where a defendant can be screened to see if he/she qualifies for public representation. These attorneys were available to assist pro se litigants as needed. The clerk's office has forms the public can use for the processing of expungements
OPELOUSAS CITY COURT
The court had staff attend the Self-Represented Litigant Provider Network meeting to gain resource information.
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Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective7 courts (BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below50 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, ALEXANDRIA CITY COURT, ASCENSION PARISH COURT, BAKER CITY COURT, BASTROP CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOGALUSA CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BREAUX BRIDGE CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, KAPLAN CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MARKSVILLE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OAKDALE CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PLAQUEMINE CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, RUSTON CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SPRINGHILL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, THIBODAUX CITY COURT, VIDALIA CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Did not address this objective2 courts (LEESVILLE CITY COURT, PINEVILLE CITY COURT)
Ensured the availability of indigent defenders to indigent defendants45 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, ALEXANDRIA CITY COURT, ASCENSION PARISH COURT, BAKER CITY COURT, BASTROP CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOGALUSA CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BREAUX BRIDGE CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, KAPLAN CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MARKSVILLE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PLAQUEMINE CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, RUSTON CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SPRINGHILL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, THIBODAUX CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Provided generic petitions and other forms42 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, BAKER CITY COURT, BASTROP CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MARKSVILLE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PLAQUEMINE CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SPRINGHILL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, THIBODAUX CITY COURT, VIDALIA CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Referred pro se/self-represented litigants to legal service corporations34 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, BAKER CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOGALUSA CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, KAPLAN CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MARKSVILLE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Worked with the clerk of court and/or local bar to provide information38 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, ALEXANDRIA CITY COURT, BAKER CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MARKSVILLE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OAKDALE CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, VIDALIA CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)

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