Performance of the City and Parish Courts

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 3: TO PROVIDE DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW TO ALL WHO HAVE BUSINESS BEFORE THE COURT; AND TO DEMONSTRATE INTEGRITY IN ALL PROCEDURES AND DECISIONS.


Objective

3.3 To give individual attention to cases, deciding them without undue disparity among like cases and upon legally relevant factors.

Intent of the Objective

This objective upholds the standard that litigants should receive individual attention without variation due to the judge assigned to the case or legally irrelevant characteristics of the parties. To the extent possible, persons similarly situated should receive similar treatment. The objective further recognizes that court decisions and actions must be in proper proportion to the nature and magnitude of the case and to the characteristics of the parties. Variations should not be predictable due to legally irrelevant factors, nor should the outcome of a case depend on which judge within a court presides over a matter. The objective relates to all decisions, including sentences in criminal cases, the conditions of bail, the amount of child support, the appointment of legal counsel, and the use of court-supervised alternatives to formal litigation.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to ensure that cases received individual attention and that decisions continued to be made without undue disparity among like cases and upon legally relevant factors.

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1010664634What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to ensure that cases received individual attention and that decisions continued to be made without undue disparity among like cases and upon legally relevant factors?Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to ensure that cases received individual attention and that decisions continued to be made without undue disparity among like cases and upon legally relevant factors.
(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 ensure that cases received individual attention and that decisions continued to be made without undue disparity among like cases and upon legally relevant factors.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
BATON ROUGE CITY COURT
The court maintained a standardized bail bond schedule and saw offenders on video callout from parish prison to review any requests for adjusting bail requirements.
JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT
DWI trial dockets were prepared by giving attention to the personal driving record of the defendants. This ensured that sentences could be better tailored, within legal guidelines, to the circumstances of the defendants as individuals. Judges handle each civil case individually, performing their own research.
LAFAYETTE CITY COURT
The judges of the court continued to use web access to Westlaw on mobile devices and computers in all courtrooms. Even though the two judges in the court handled more that 40,000 cases during the period, all decisions by the court were based on legally relevant factors, taking into account the specific facts of each case.
LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT
The court contracted with a local attorney to take an unbiased look at court proceedings, sentencing, and bail sentencing. The lawyer gave us best practices guidelines and the court took steps to fully implement them.
NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT
Municipal Court continued to work with different groups to develop alternative sentencing programs.
RAYNE CITY COURT
All plea forms applicable to the court's jurisdiction were modified to coincide with various statutes that were amended.
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Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective6 courts (BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below48 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, 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 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)
Developed or used a standardized bail bond schedule44 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, 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, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OAKDALE CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, RUSTON CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SPRINGHILL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, VIDALIA CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Developed or used some form of sentencing or dispositional guidelines36 courts (ASCENSION PARISH COURT, BAKER CITY COURT, BASTROP CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOGALUSA CITY COURT, BOSSIER 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, LEESVILLE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PLAQUEMINE CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, RUSTON CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Developed or used some method of monitoring and reporting on cases to analyze and communicate disparities in sentencing or civil awards6 courts (BOSSIER CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT)
Developed or used standardized Boykin language46 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, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, HAMMOND 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 MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OAKDALE CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS 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 objective3 courts (BUNKIE CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, PINEVILLE CITY COURT)
Used attorney focus groups to solicit feedback on the court's equality and fairness in the treatment of court users3 courts (FRANKLIN CITY COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT)

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