Performance of the City and Parish Courts

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

Back

GOAL 4: TO MAINTAIN JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE, WHILE OBSERVING THE PRINCIPLE OF COMITY IN ITS GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PUBLIC.


Objective

4.1 To maintain the constitutional independence of the judiciary while observing the principle of cooperation with other branches of government.

Intent of the Objective

The judiciary must assert and maintain its independence as a separate branch of government. Within the organizational structure of the judicial branch of government, courts should establish their legal and organizational boundaries, monitor and control their operations, and account publicly for their performance. Independence and accountability support the principles of a government based on law, access to justice, and the timely resolution of disputes with equality, fairness, and integrity, and they engender public trust and confidence. Courts must control their proper functions and demonstrate respect for their coequal partners in government.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to maintain judicial independence while observing the principle of cooperation with other branches of government.

QuestionIdQuestionStatementResponse
1010664636What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to maintain judicial independence while observing the principle of cooperation with other branches of government?Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to maintain judicial independence while observing the principle of cooperation with other branches of government.
(Hover on the chart for more information and click on the chart to see which courts chose that response.)
Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to maintain judicial independence while observing the principle of cooperation with other branches of government.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
CROWLEY CITY COURT
The judge regularly met with the mayor and members of the city council, along with the newly elected chief of police and sheriff. The judge has a very open and cooperative relationship with all involved.
FRANKLIN CITY COURT
The judge met with the chief financial officers of the city and parish to ensure communication as to fines, reimbursements and caseloads.
JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT
The court held periodic parish court judges' meetings where judges and administrators work to establish uniformity between the policies of the Eastbank and Westbank courts. Through the establishment of a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement by and between First Parish Court and the Parish of Jefferson, the court has maintained its constitutional independence of the judiciary while lending full cooperation to Jefferson Parish Government. The spirit of cooperation in the form of the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between these two separate entities has insured that fair payroll and best accounting practices are provided to the court by allowing parish government to serve the court in paymaster and accounting capacities. The uniformity created by this cooperation is mutually beneficial to both entities. In addition, First Parish Court judges and staff work with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Clerk's Office, and District Attorney's Office to provide timely and efficient service to the public. All entities make changes as we continue to improve our system.
JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT
Second Parish Court worked with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Clerk of Court's Office, and District Attorney's Office on a constant basis to provide timely and efficient public service.
JENNINGS CITY COURT
The judge held regular meetings with mayor and police chief.
LAFAYETTE CITY COURT
The court worked on the court website, which will allow other branches of government to obtain information relevant to their activities. Law enforcement officials will have the ability to reflect execution of warrants with a review by court staff within 48 hours, generally much less. Judges will have capacity to order warrants using a web-based system.
MINDEN CITY COURT
The judge presented the CC-Ready juvenile program to the Minden City Council and received a Resolution of Support from the City Council for this juvenile program.
RAYNE CITY COURT
The judge held cooperative meetings with the mayor and council to ensure that they are aware of all the activities of the court.
SPRINGHILL CITY COURT
The court provided community service workers to the City of Springhill.
SULPHUR CITY COURT
The judge met with city and parish officials in regard to upgrading and maintaining judicial facilities.
ResponseResponse_Court
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective10 courts (CROWLEY CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, SPRINGHILL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below49 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, LEESVILLE 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, 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, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Continued to communicate, coordinate and cooperate with the other branches of government48 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, LEESVILLE 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, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, THIBODAUX CITY COURT, VIDALIA CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Did not address this objective3 courts (PINEVILLE CITY COURT, RUSTON CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT)
Used outreach programs to promote judicial independence and protection of the rule of law15 courts (BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT)

© 2020 - Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130