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Rs 13:1952 Courts Created By Special Legislative Act

§1952. Courts created by special legislative Act

The following city courts, heretofore created and established by special legislative

Act, are hereby recognized and continued in existence and, except as otherwise provided in

this Section, their territorial jurisdiction shall extend through the city and ward or wards

wherein the city in which they are domiciled is located, as extended from time to time:

(1) The City Court of Abbeville, domiciled in the city of Abbeville, parish of

Vermilion, having one judge and a city marshal;

(2) The City Court of Alexandria, domiciled in the city of Alexandria, parish of

Rapides, having one judge and a city marshal;

(3) The City Court of Bastrop, domiciled in the city of Bastrop, parish of Morehouse,

having a city judge and a city marshal;

(4)(a) The City Court of Baton Rouge, domiciled in the city of Baton Rouge, parish

of East Baton Rouge, having five city judges and a city constable. The court shall be divided

into five divisions, namely, divisions "A", "B", "C", "D", and "E" and its territorial

jurisdiction shall extend throughout the territorial area of the city of Baton Rouge as

extended from time to time.

(b) For the purpose of electing judges, the court shall be divided into two election

sections.

(i) Election section one shall consist of the following precincts and parts of precincts

contained within the corporate limits of the city of Baton Rouge: 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6,

1-8, 1-10, 1-13, 1-14, 1-15, 1-16, 1-17 (part), 1-18, 1-19, 1-21, 1-22, 1-23 (part), 1-24, 1-25,

1-26, 1-27, 1-28, 1-29, 1-30, 1-31, 1-32, 1-36, 1-38, 1-45, 1-46, 1-50, 1-51, 1-58, 1-61, 1-62,

1-63, 1-67, 1-68, 1-77 (part), 1-78, 1-82, 1-84 (part), 1-85 (part), 1-86, 1-91, 1-92, 1-93, 1-94, 1-95 (part), 1-100 (part), 1-101 (part), 1-102 (part), 1-104, 2-1 (part), 2-9 (part), 2-11

(part), 2-22 (part), 2-24 (part), 2-25 (part), 3-5 (part), 3-20 (part), and 3-50 (part).

(ii) Election section two shall consist of the following precincts and parts of precincts

contained within the corporate limits of the city of Baton Rouge: 1-7, 1-9, 1-12, 1-33, 1-34,

1-35, 1-37, 1-39, 1-40, 1-41, 1-42, 1-43, 1-44, 1-47, 1-48, 1-49, 1-52, 1-53, 1-54, 1-55, 1-56,

1-57, 1-59, 1-60, 1-64, 1-65 (part), 1-66, 1-69, 1-70, 1-71, 1-72, 1-73, 1-74, 1-75, 1-80 (part),

1-81, 1-83, 1-87, 1-88 (part), 1-89 (part), 1-90, 1-97 (part), 1-98, 1-99 (part), 1-103, 1-105

(part), 1-107 (part), 3-7 (part), 3-8(part), 3-10 (part), 3-11 (part), 3-12 (part), 3-17 (part), 3-21

(part), 3-23 (part), 3-24 (part), 3-27 (part), 3-28 (part), 3-29 (part), 3-31 (part), 3-32 (part),

3-35 (part), 3-51 (part), 3-52 (part), and 3-55 (part).

(c) Two judges shall be elected by election section one, and two judges shall be

elected by election two, and one judge shall be elected from the entire territorial area of the

city of Baton Rouge at large.

(d) The metropolitan council for the city of Baton Rouge, parish of East Baton

Rouge, is hereby authorized to assign annexations which are approved subsequent to October

22, 2014, to the appropriate election section. After each such assignment, the metropolitan

council shall submit the assignment by certified mail or by hand delivery with receipt to the

Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on House

and Governmental Affairs for approval. Upon the receipt of the submission, the Senate

Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on House and

Governmental Affairs shall have forty-five days to determine, either jointly or separately,

whether the assignment shall be approved or disapproved. If the time period for action by

the committees has lapsed without any action by such committees, the assignment shall be

deemed approved. If one or both committees disapprove the assignment, such assignment

to the election section shall not be effective for any purpose.

(5) The City Court of Bogalusa, domiciled in the city of Bogalusa, parish of

Washington, having one city judge and a city constable;

(6) The City Court of Bossier City, domiciled in the city of Bossier City, parish of

Bossier, having one city judge and a city marshal. The provisions of this paragraph shall not

affect the jurisdiction of the mayor of the town of Benton over the violation of the municipal

ordinances of the town of Benton;

(7) The City Court of Bunkie, domiciled in the city of Bunkie, parish of Avoyelles,

having one city judge and a city marshal;

(8) The City Court of Crowley, domiciled in the city of Crowley, parish of Acadia,

having one city judge and a city marshal;

(9) The City Court of Eunice, domiciled in the city of Eunice, parish of St. Landry,

having a city judge and a city marshal. The territorial jurisdiction of this court shall extend

throughout the first, second, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth voting precincts of

Ward 6 of the parish of St. Landry, as presently constituted and defined, and that portion of

the city of Eunice situated within the parish of Acadia. The provisions of this Paragraph

shall not affect the jurisdiction of the justice of the peace for Ward 7 of the parish of Acadia.

(10) The City Court of Hammond, domiciled in the city of Hammond, parish of

Tangipahoa, having one city judge and a city marshal. Its territorial jurisdiction shall extend

throughout Ward 7 of the parish of Tangipahoa, within which the city of Hammond and the

town of Ponchatoula are contained. The court shall also hold sessions in the town of

Ponchatoula on such days and at such times as the judge may determine as best suited for all

concerned. The provisions of this paragraph, however, shall not affect the jurisdiction of the

mayor of the town of Ponchatoula over violations of the municipal ordinance of the town of

Ponchatoula.

(11) The City Court of Jennings, domiciled in the city of Jennings, parish of

Jefferson Davis, having one city judge and a city marshal;

(12)(a) The city court of Lafayette, domiciled in the city of Lafayette, having two city

judges and a city marshal; its territorial jurisdiction shall extend over all territory which is

now or hereafter included within the corporate limits of the city of Lafayette and throughout

the third and tenth wards of the parish of Lafayette. Whenever the corporate limits of the city

of Lafayette are hereafter extended into a justice of peace ward, that portion of any such

justice of the peace ward, not included within the city of Lafayette, shall remain under the

jurisdiction of the justice of the peace.

(b) The judges of the city court of Lafayette shall not practice law; however, the

judge presiding over Division A of the court may practice law until January 1, 1985.

(13) The City Court of Lake Charles, domiciled in the city of Lake Charles, parish

of Calcasieu, having two city judges and a city marshal;

(14) The City Court of Minden, domiciled in the city of Minden, parish of Webster,

having one city judge and a city marshal. The provisions of this Paragraph shall not affect

the jurisdiction of the mayor of the village of Lanesville over violations of the municipal

ordinances of the village of Lanesville. The territorial jurisdiction of the City Court of

Minden shall extend throughout Ward 1 of the parish of Webster, as presently constituted

and defined.

(15)(a) The City Court of Monroe, domiciled in the city of Monroe, parish of

Ouachita, having three city judges and a city marshal. Such city court judges may not

practice law. The court shall be divided into three divisions, which shall be designated as

divisions "A", "B", and "C".

(b) One judge, who shall preside over Division "A", shall be elected at large by the

qualified electors of the territorial jurisdiction; one judge, who shall preside over Division

"B", shall be elected by the qualified electors of an election district composed of Ward 10;

and one judge, who shall preside over Division "C", shall be elected by the qualified electors

of an election district composed of Ward 3. Candidates for election to Division "A", "B",

or "C" need not be residents of the election districts from which they seek election, but they

must be qualified electors of the territorial jurisdiction of the court.

(c) In civil matters, the territorial jurisdiction of the court shall extend over all

territory which is now or hereafter included within the corporate limits of the city of Monroe

and throughout the third and tenth wards of the parish of Ouachita.

(16) The City Court of Morgan City, domiciled in the city of Morgan City, parish of

St. Mary, having one city judge and a city marshal.

(17) The City Court of Natchitoches, domiciled in the city of Natchitoches, parish

of Natchitoches, having one city judge and a city marshal;

(18) The City Court of New Iberia, domiciled in the city of New Iberia, parish of

Iberia, having one city judge and a city marshal. The territorial jurisdiction of the court shall

extend over all territory within Iberia Parish which is now or hereafter included within the

corporate limits of the city of New Iberia. Wherever the corporate limits of the city of New

Iberia extend or hereafter extend into a justice of the peace ward, the city court shall have

jurisdiction within that portion of the justice of the peace ward included within said corporate

limits concurrent with that of the justice of the peace in those cases in which the said justice

of the peace would have jurisdiction, and that portion of the justice of the peace ward not

included within the said corporate limits shall remain under the jurisdiction of the justice of

the peace.

(19) The City Court of Rayne, domiciled in the city of Rayne, parish of Acadia,

having one city judge and a city marshal;

(20) The municipal court of Ruston, domiciled in the town of Ruston, parish of

Lincoln, having one city judge and a city marshal. The jurisdiction of the municipal court

of Ruston shall extend throughout the parish of Lincoln; provided that this shall not affect

the jurisdiction of any existing mayor's court nor shall it affect in any manner the offices of

justice of the peace and constable in any ward of the parish.

(21)(a) The city court of Shreveport, domiciled in the city of Shreveport, parish of

Caddo, having four city judges and a city marshal. The court shall be divided into four

divisions, which shall be designated as divisions "A", "B", "C", and "D".

(b) Effective January 1, 1998, judges shall be elected to the City Court of Shreveport

from areas as provided in this Subparagraph. Two judges shall be elected by the qualified

electors from election district 1 composed of those portions of Bossier Parish designated as

those parts of Precinct 4-8C lying within the corporate limits of the city of Shreveport and

those portions of Caddo Parish designated as those parts of Precincts 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12,

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 47, 48, 49, 56, 61, 62, 63, 69, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77,

78, 79, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127,

128, 129, 133, and that portion of Precinct 51 composed of 1990 Census Block No. 243

which is bounded on the South by the Industrial Loop Expressway, on the East by Ellerbe

Road, on the West by the Kansas City Southern Railroad Track, and on the North by an

abandoned road running east to west which is approximately one hundred sixty feet south

of Rollins Road lying within the corporate limits of the city of Shreveport; and two judges

shall be elected by the qualified electors from election district 2 composed of those portions

of Bossier Parish designated as those parts of Precincts 2-6 and 2-23 lying within the

corporate limits of the city of Shreveport and those portions of Caddo Parish designated as

those parts of Precincts 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39,

40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 73, 75,

80, 81, 82, 86, 130, 131, 137, 140, and Precinct 51 except for that portion of Precinct 51

composed of 1990 Census Block No. 243 which is bounded on the South by the Industrial

Loop Expressway, on the East by Ellerbe Road, on the West by the Kansas City Southern

Railroad Track, and on the North by an abandoned road running east to west which is

approximately one hundred sixty feet south of Rollins Road lying within the corporate limits

of the city of Shreveport or within the boundaries of the fourth ward.

(c) The territorial jurisdiction of the court shall extend over all territory within Caddo

Parish which is now or hereafter included within the corporate limits of the city of

Shreveport and throughout the fourth ward of Caddo Parish. In addition to all other

jurisdiction vested in the court, it shall have criminal jurisdiction, as conferred by Article VII,

Section 51 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1921 and Article XIV, Section 16(A)(5) of the

Constitution of Louisiana of 1974, of all those portions of Bossier Parish now or hereafter

included within the corporate limits of the city of Shreveport. Wherever the corporate limits

of the city of Shreveport extend or hereafter extend into a justice of the peace ward, the city

court shall have jurisdiction within that portion of the justice of the peace ward included

within the corporate limits concurrent with that of the justice of the peace in those cases in

which the justice of the peace would have jurisdiction, and that portion of the justice of the

peace ward not included within the corporate limits shall remain under the jurisdiction of the

justice of the peace.

(22) The City Court of Springhill, domiciled in the city of Springhill, parish of

Webster, having one city judge and a city marshal. The court shall hold sessions in the town

of Cotton Valley at least once a week, but nothing contained in this Paragraph shall affect

or interfere with the jurisdiction of the mayor of the town of Cotton Valley over the violation

of the municipal ordinances of the town of Cotton Valley. The territorial jurisdiction of the

City Court of Springhill shall extend throughout Ward 2 of the parish of Webster, as

presently constituted and defined.

(23) The City Court of Sulphur, domiciled in the city of Sulphur, parish of Calcasieu,

having one city judge and a city marshal. The provisions of this paragraph shall not affect

the jurisdiction of the mayor of the town of Westlake over the violations of the municipal

ordinances of the town of Westlake;

(24) The City Court of West Monroe, domiciled in the city of West Monroe, parish

of Ouachita, having one city judge and a city marshal. In civil matters, the territorial

jurisdiction of the court shall also extend to those wards in Ouachita Parish which are

contiguous to Ward 5 and in which no justice of the peace has been elected and qualified or

in which the duly elected and qualified justice of the peace is absent from the ward or is

otherwise unable to serve.

Acts 1960, No. 32, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1961; Acts 1966, No. 27, §1, eff. July 11, 1966 at

3:20 P.M.; Acts 1968, No. 6, §1; Acts 1970, No. 15, §1, emerg. eff. June 8, 1970, at 3:30

P.M; Acts 1972, No. 34, §1; Acts 1975, No. 749, §1; Acts 1975, No. 750, §1; Acts 1977, No.

393, §1, eff. July 1, 1978; Acts 1977, No. 616, §1; Acts 1979, No. 522, §1, eff. July 19,

1979; Acts 1983, No. 226, §2(A), eff. June 24, 1983; Acts 1984, No. 58, §1, eff. June 12,

1984; Acts 1985, No. 205, §1; Acts 1988, No. 5, §1, eff. June 2, 1988; Acts 1990, No. 8, §2,

eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1990, No. 728, §1, eff. July 20, 1990; Acts 1992, No. 501, §1; Acts

1992, No. 682, §1; Acts 1993, No. 609, §1, eff. June 15, 1993; Acts 1993, No. 644, §1; Acts

1997, No. 240, §1, eff. June 16, 1997; Acts 1997, No. 1160, §1; Acts 1999, No. 891, §1;

Acts 2015, No. 374, §1, eff. July 1, 2015.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
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1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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