Performance of the Courts of Appeal

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 2: TO PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW


Objective

2.1 To ensure that adequate consideration is given to each case and that decisions are based on legally relevant factors, thereby affording every litigant the full benefit of the judicial process.

Intent of the Objective

The courts play a major role in our constitutional framework of government by ensuring that due process and equal protection of the law, as guaranteed by the federal and state constitutions, have been applied fully and fairly throughout the judicial process. The rendering of justice demands that these fundamental principles be observed, protected, and applied by giving every case sufficient attention and deciding cases solely on legally relevant factors fairly applied and devoid of extraneous considerations or influences. The integrity of the entire court system rests on its ability to fashion procedures and make decisions that afford each litigant access to justice. The constitutional principles of Equal Protection and Due Process are the guideposts for the procedures developed and decisions made by the courts of appeal.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to promptly implement changes in law and procedure.
  2. Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to ensure that adequate consideration is given to each case and that decisions are based on legally relevant factors.

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1010682556What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to promptly implement changes in law and procedure?Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to promptly implement changes in law and procedure.
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Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to promptly implement changes in law and procedure.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
1st Circuit
The First Circuit adopted a procedure to process cases affected by amended LSA-C.C.Pr. art. 966 (H). This legislative change required the issuing of a briefing schedule and allowing the request of oral argument in the court's consideration of certain writ applications. The procedure instituted by our court provides a consistent application of the statute and in a format familiar to the litigants. The court instituted the Chief Judge's Desk, a monthly reporting process. It is a report given at the beginning of each Administrative Conference to identify progress of ongoing projects and to suggest action to the Conference to implement or comply with any required changes in the law and procedure.
2nd Circuit
Each Second Circuit judge immediately received rules and legislative updates, as well as Louisiana Supreme Court rulings and administrative orders. The judges then act upon this information as needed.
3rd Circuit
Third Circuit judges and staff attended relevant seminars on recent developments in law and procedures.
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Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective3 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below:5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Designated a person/committee to monitor rules and legislation and to communicate promptly all changes in law and procedure to appropriate and relevant persons3 courts (1st Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Did not address this objective0
Instituted or continued en banc review of all changes in law and procedure2 courts (4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Obtained and circulated updated bench books, checklists, and other materials to ensure prompt implementation of changes in law and procedure4 courts (1st Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)

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