§761. Clerks' Supplemental Compensation Fund; creation; sources of funds
A. The Clerks' Supplemental Compensation Fund, hereinafter referred to as "the fund", is hereby created. The proceeds from the fund shall be used solely and exclusively for salary supplements to clerks of court of all of the district courts and criminal district courts of this state, which shall be in addition to any compensation otherwise authorized by law and which shall not be considered or included in the calculation of maximum compensation or minimum monthly compensation set forth in R.S. 13:782, and for necessary and associated administrative expenses.
B.(1) The Clerks' Supplemental Compensation Fund Board is hereby created. The members of the commission shall serve two-year terms unless otherwise specified. A member may not serve more than two successive terms. The board shall be domiciled in Baton Rouge. The members shall serve without pay.
(2) The board shall be composed of five members appointed by the board of directors of the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.
(3) The chairman of the board shall be responsible for the distribution of the proceeds of the fund. He shall keep detailed and accurate records.
C. The clerks of all of the district courts and criminal district courts of this state shall remit to the Clerks' Supplemental Compensation Fund from the funds transferred from the advance deposit account to the salary fund account an amount calculated at the rate of four dollars for every original civil suit filed in their offices. The clerk of the Civil District Court for the parish of Orleans shall remit the fees required in this Subsection from the judicial expense fund of the Civil District Court for the parish of Orleans. The clerk of the Criminal District Court for the parish of Orleans shall remit the fees required in this Subsection from the clerk of the Criminal District Court Expense Fund for the parish of Orleans. The clerks of all of the district courts and criminal district courts of this state shall remit all costs so collected to the board monthly on or before the tenth day of each calendar month. The disbursement of the proceeds from the fund may be authorized only by a majority of the members of the board.
D. After making provisions for necessary and associated administrative expenses, the board shall then distribute the proceeds from the fund monthly in equal amounts to all of the clerks of the district courts and criminal district courts of this state.
E. The additional sum of four dollars shall be considered the base additional fee for purposes of this Subsection. Beginning in July, 1988, the base fee shall be increased an amount equal to the percent of increase in the average consumer price index (all items-city average) as published by the United States Department of Labor, bureau of labor statistics, between the figures for the calendar years 1986 and 1987. The amount of increase so calculated shall be rounded off to the nearest half-dollar. Each succeeding July, a similar adjustment shall be made to the base fee, as adjusted, based upon the percent of change to the nearest half-dollar in the average consumer price index between the two complete calendar years preceding July of the year in which the adjustment is made. Under no circumstances shall the base fee or any escalation thereof, pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection, be reduced.
F. REPEALED BY ACTS 1992, NO. 157, §2, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1992.
G. The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to authorize the increase of the filing fee for any original civil suit unless specifically authorized by the legislature.
Acts 1987, No. 395, §1; Acts 1992, No. 157, §2, eff. July 1, 1992; Acts 1999, No. 889, §1.