§2500.1. Additional costs; municipal and traffic court probation department; special fund
A. Any defendant, other than an indigent, who pleads guilty or is convicted of an
offense by the Municipal and Traffic Court of the city of New Orleans shall be assessed costs
not to exceed the sum of fifteen dollars for each offense, such costs to be in addition to any
fine, clerk's fees or costs or any other fee or costs provided by law or sentence imposed by
B. When any surety, cash, or other bond posted in the Municipal and Traffic Court
of the city of New Orleans guaranteeing the appearance of any defendant in any case in the
Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans has been forfeited, the surety company or its
local agent or its insurance company, or both, for which the agent is writing bail bonds, shall
be assessed the added costs provided for in Subsection A of this Section. The forfeiture of
any bond referred to in this Subsection shall not be set aside until the above costs have been
paid, in addition to the other legal requirements of law having been met for the setting aside
of the forfeiture. Costs assessed against sureties and surety companies pursuant to this
Section shall be collected and administered in the same manner as that set out in Subsection
C of this Section.
C. Costs assessed against defendants pursuant to this Section shall be collected by
the clerk of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans. All sums so collected shall be
remitted to the municipal and traffic court judicial administrator who shall deposit such sums
in a bank or banks in the city of New Orleans in which deposits are insured or guaranteed by
the federal government or any agency thereof. The deposits shall be credited to a special
fund to be designated as the Municipal and Traffic Court Probation Department Fund which
shall be administered by the judges of the Municipal and Traffic Court of New Orleans.
D. There is hereby created a probation department in the Municipal and Traffic Court
of the city of New Orleans which shall be funded from the Municipal and Traffic Court
Probation Department Fund along with funds which may be realized from federal or state
grants and any other sums which may be appropriated by the council of the city of New
Orleans. The purpose of the probation department is to provide staff to monitor the behavior
of defendants and to develop a comprehensive probationary service program at the Municipal
and Traffic Court of New Orleans, which shall include but not be limited to release on
recognizance, restitution, diversionary, and active probation programs.
Added by Acts 1980, No. 814, §1, eff. Aug. 1, 1980; Acts 2011, No. 339, §1; Acts
2014, No. 845, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2017; Acts 2016, No. 631, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2017.