§996.46. Judicial expense fund for Thirty-Fifth Judicial District
A. In addition to all other fees or costs now or hereafter provided by law, the clerk
of court in the Thirty-Fifth Judicial District shall collect from every person filing any type
of civil suit or proceeding, and who is not otherwise exempted by law from the payment of
court costs, a sum to be determined by the judge of said district, which sum shall not exceed
ten dollars, subject, however, to the provisions of Code of Civil Procedure, Art. 5181, et seq.
In all criminal cases over which the Thirty-Fifth Judicial District Court has jurisdiction, there
shall be taxed as costs against every defendant who is convicted after trial, or after he pleads
guilty, or who forfeits his bond, a sum likewise determined, but which shall not exceed
fifteen dollars, which shall be in addition to all other fines, costs or forfeitures lawfully
imposed, and which shall be transmitted to the clerk for further disposition in accordance
B. The clerk of court shall place all sums collected or received under this Section in
a separate account to be designated as the judicial expense fund for the Thirty-Fifth Judicial
District Court. The judge of the Thirty-Fifth Judicial District shall have control over the fund
and all disbursements made therefrom. He shall cause to be conducted annually an audit of
the fund and the books and accounts relating thereto and shall file the same with the office
of the legislative auditor where it shall be available for public inspection.
C.(1) The judge of the Thirty-Fifth Judicial District Court may, in lieu of all or any
part of the fees for reporting and transcribing testimony authorized under the provisions of
R.S. 13:961(F), or other applicable laws, and in addition to salaries otherwise provided,
authorized, or established by law, fix and pay his court reporters a salary from the judicial
expense fund. The judge may further appoint secretarial, clerical, research, administrative,
or other personnel as he deems necessary to expedite the business and function of the court.
The judge may fix and pay all or any part of the salaries, health insurance premiums,
certification fees, or continuing education fees of court reporters or appointed personnel out
of the monies in the judicial expense fund.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the judge may utilize
the monies in the judicial expense fund to pay all or any part of the cost of establishing or
maintaining a law library for the court, for the renovation, improvement, or purchasing of
existing structures or construction of new structures to be used for any purposes incidental
to, or related to, the proper administration or function of the court or the office of the judge,
or for buying or maintaining any type of equipment, supplies, or other items consistent with
or germane to the efficient operation of the court. For purposes of this Paragraph, the judge
may utilize monies in the judicial expense fund for capital outlay expenses associated with
the renovation or construction of the courthouse or office of the judge including but not
limited to design, demolition, construction, materials, supplies, equipment, and labor.
(3) In general, the judicial expense fund is established and may be used for any
purposes related to the proper administration or function of the court or office of the judge,
and is in addition to any and all other funds, salaries, expenses, or other monies that are
provided, authorized, or established by law.
D. No salary shall be paid from the judicial expense fund for the Thirty-Fifth Judicial
District to the judge thereof except as may be paid for administering the said fund and then
only after prior legislative approval.
Acts 1985, No. 916, §3; Acts 1985, No. 1013, §1; Acts 2017, No. 114, §1, eff. June