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Rs 13:2492 Number Of Judges; Qualifications; Election; Salary; Vacation

§2492. Number of judges; qualifications; election; salary; vacation

A. The Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans shall consist of eight judges,

all of whom must be attorneys-at-law, who shall be elected by the qualified electors of the

parish of Orleans. They shall not be less than thirty years of age. Each shall have practiced

law in the state for at least eight years preceding his election and shall be domiciled in the

parish of Orleans for at least two years prior to his election.

(1) Each of the eight judges shall preside over separate and distinct divisions of the

court.

(2) The divisions provided for in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection shall be designated

alphabetically as Division "A", Division "B", Division "C", Division "D", Division "E",

Division "F", Division "G", and Division "H".

(3)(a) The judges presiding over Divisions A through D shall not engage in the

practice of law nor share in the profits, directly or indirectly, of any law firm or legal

corporation. The judges assigned to Divisions A through D shall receive a salary equal to

a district judge but not more salary paid, from all sources, to the district court judges in and

for the parish of Orleans, of which the amount payable by the state to city judges of the state

shall be paid by the state and the remainder shall be payable by the city of New Orleans.

The salary shall be payable monthly by his own warrant.

(b)(i)(aa) Beginning at midnight on December 31, 2022, the judge presiding over

Division E shall not engage in the practice of law nor share in the profits, directly or

indirectly, of any law firm or legal corporation.

(bb) Beginning at midnight on December 31, 2023, the judge presiding over Division

F shall not engage in the practice of law nor share in the profits, directly or indirectly, of any

law firm or legal corporation.

(cc) Beginning at midnight on December 31, 2024, the judge presiding over Division

G shall not engage in the practice of law nor share in the profits, directly or indirectly, of any

law firm or legal corporation.

(ii) Beginning on the applicable date as provided in Item (i) of this Subparagraph,

a judge in Division E, F, and G shall receive a salary equal to a district judge but not more

salary paid, from all sources, to the district court judges in and for the parish of Orleans, of

which the amount payable by the state to city judges of the state shall be paid by the state and

the remainder shall be payable by the city of New Orleans. The salary shall be payable

monthly by his own warrant.

(4) Effective on January 1, 2017, and thereafter, the following shall occur: the judge

serving in Municipal Court Division A shall transfer to Division A of the Municipal and

Traffic Court of New Orleans; the judge serving in Municipal Court Division B shall transfer

to Division E of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans; the judge serving Division

C of Municipal Court shall transfer to Division C of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New

Orleans; the judge serving in Division D of Municipal Court shall transfer to Division F of

the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans; the judge serving Division A of Traffic

Court shall transfer to Division H of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans; the

judge serving in Division B of Traffic Court shall transfer to Division B of Municipal and

Traffic Court of New Orleans; the judge serving in Division C of Traffic Court shall transfer

to Division D of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans; and the judge serving in

Division D of Traffic Court shall transfer to Division G of Municipal and Traffic Court of

New Orleans.

(5)(a) Effective at midnight on December 31, 2020, the judgeship created for

Division H of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans shall be abolished. If a

vacancy by death, resignation, retirement, or removal occurs in any other division of the

Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans prior to December 31, 2020, the judgeship in

that division shall be abolished instead of the judgeship in Division H.

(b) Upon abolishment of the judgeship in Division H or the judgeship that becomes

vacant by death, resignation, retirement or removal as provided by the provisions of this

Section, all cases of the abolished section of court shall be reallotted equally by the clerk of

court among the remaining sections of the court.

B. Each of the judges shall be elected for an eight-year term at the regular

congressional election held immediately preceding the expiration of such term. Every term

shall expire on December thirty-first of the last year thereof. Any vacancy in the court for

any cause where the unexpired term is less than one year shall be filled temporarily by

appointment by the Louisiana Supreme Court until the next succeeding congressional

election, at which time such vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term

by election. All judges so elected shall take their office on the first day of January following

their election.

C. Each of the judges shall receive a salary of not less than eighteen thousand dollars

per annum, payable monthly by the city of New Orleans on his own warrant.

D. Each of the judges of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans shall have

annual vacation not to exceed thirty days, the time to be fixed by the rules of the court.

E. Whenever any of the judges are temporarily absent because of court business,

illness, or while on vacation, a judge ad hoc may be selected pursuant to the rules of the

Louisiana Supreme Court to serve during the period of such temporary absence. The judge

ad hoc shall have the qualifications for election to the office, and his compensation shall be

determined by the judges en banc and shall be payable by the city of New Orleans pursuant

to warrant of the judge who is temporarily absent.

F. The judge of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans having the most

seniority shall become the administrative judge during his tenure of office and shall not

engage in the practice of law or share in the profits, directly or indirectly, of any law firm or

legal corporation. The administrative judge of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New

Orleans shall possess the same qualifications that are required of district court judges and

shall receive a salary equal to the salary paid, from all sources, to the district court judges in

and for the parish of Orleans. The governing authority of Orleans Parish shall determine the

salary paid to the administrative judge, of which the amount payable by the state to city

judges of the state shall be paid by the state and the remainder shall be payable by the city

of New Orleans. The salary of the administrative judge shall be payable monthly on his own

warrant. Should the senior judge decline the position of administrative judge then the judges

of the municipal and traffic court, sitting en banc, shall choose a judge to assume the

position.

Amended by Acts 1952, No. 176, §1; Acts 1954, No. 404, §1; Acts 1960, No. 91, §1;

Acts 1971, No. 141, §1; Acts 1975, No. 757, §1; Acts 1989, No. 718, §1; Acts 1993, No.

838, §1; Acts 2011, No. 339, §1; Acts 2014, No. 845, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2017; Acts 2016, No.

631, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2017.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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