§718. Commissioners; qualifications; salary and benefits; restrictions on employment; office
space; supplies; equipment; employees
A. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the qualifications for the office of
commissioner shall be the same as the qualifications for office for district court judges.
B. The salary of the commissioners shall be equal to seventy-five percent of the total
salary from all sources paid to a district court judge of the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District
Court. The commissioners may be reimbursed for their expenses as provided for by court
C. Commissioners shall be full-time employees of the Twenty-fourth Judicial
District Court. Commissioners shall not engage in any outside business, occupation, or
employment that is inconsistent with the expeditious, proper, and impartial performance of
their duties as a judicial officer, nor shall they engage in the practice of law. Any question
regarding the conduct of any outside business, occupation, employment, or practice of law
by a commissioner shall be resolved by a majority of the elected judges of the Twenty-fourth
Judicial District Court. The provisions of this Subsection shall not abrogate or supersede any
provisions of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement or the Code of Judicial
Conduct applicable to judges and attorneys.
D. Office space for the commissioners shall be provided by the Twenty-fourth
Judicial District Court, out of funds available to that court.
E. All employees of the commissioners shall be hired only upon the prior approval
of employment by the elected judges of the Twenty-fourth Judicial District Court. The
commissioners and all employees of the commissioners shall be in the unclassified service
of the state and shall be members of the State Employees' Retirement System.
F. The salaries, related benefits, and expenses of the commissioners, and the salaries
and related benefits of the employees of the commissioners, and the costs of the equipment
and supplies of the commissioners and their employees, shall be paid in accordance with the
provisions of Subsections H, I, J, and K of this Section.
G. Repealed by Acts 2003, No. 714, §2.
H. The funding for the provisions of this Section shall be paid from funds available
to the Twenty-fourth Judicial District Court.
I. The sources of funding for the commissioners and their offices and employees
shall include, but shall not be limited to the following sources:
(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Paragraph, there is hereby imposed an
additional fee on all persons convicted in the Twenty-fourth Judicial District Court of felony
or misdemeanor offenses. The amount of the additional fee shall be set by the judges of the
Twenty-fourth Judicial District Court sitting en banc. The amount of the additional fee shall
not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars. The total amount of the financial penalty to
which misdemeanor offenders shall be subject, including the fee imposed by this Paragraph,
shall not exceed one thousand dollars. The provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply to
convictions for traffic violations under the provisions of Title 32 of the Louisiana Revised
Statutes of 1950, or under the ordinances adopted by the governing authority of Jefferson
(2)(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S. 22:822 and 1443, and in addition to
the fee imposed by those Sections, there is hereby imposed a fee on premium for all
commercial surety underwriters who write criminal bail bonds in Jefferson Parish. The fee
shall be equal to fifty dollars for each ten thousand dollars worth of liability underwritten by
(b) Each commercial surety underwriting criminal bail bonds in Jefferson Parish
shall submit a report each month to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The report shall
contain the amount of criminal bail bond liability written in Jefferson Parish and shall
contain a calculation of the premium fee due. The premium fee due shall accompany the
report. The report shall be due within fifteen days of the close of the month for which the
report is filed.
(c) The premium fee shall be collected and deposited into a special account
established by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for maintaining and transmitting the
premium fee for criminal bail bonds written in Jefferson Parish. Each month the Jefferson
Parish Sheriff's Office shall remit payment to the judicial administrator for the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court. The sheriff shall issue payment not later than thirty days after
receipt of the premium fee by his office.
J. The judges of the Twenty-fourth Judicial District Court, sitting en banc, shall
provide procedures for the timely collection, deposit, and accounting of the additional
criminal fines imposed by this Section. All additional criminal fines collected shall be
remitted to the director of finance of the parish of Jefferson and deposited into a special fund
to be used by the parish of Jefferson to defray its costs and expenses incurred pursuant to the
provisions of this Section and other related judicial expenditures.
K. If any part of the provisions of this Section become dependent upon monies from
the general fund of the parish of Jefferson, the provisions of this Section shall terminate if
the Jefferson Parish Council fails to appropriate sufficient monies to provide for the
continuation of the offices of commissioner for the Twenty-fourth Judicial District Court.
Acts 1997, No. 824, §1, eff. July 10, 1997; Acts 1999, No. 717, §1; Acts 1999, No.
946, §1, eff. July 9, 1999; Acts 2003, No. 714, §§1 and 2; Acts 2008, No. 415, §2, eff. Jan.
1, 2009; Acts 2015, No. 92, §1.