§996.6. Judicial expense fund for Twenty-First Judicial District; established
A. In addition to all other fees or costs now or hereafter provided by law, the clerk of court in the respective parishes of the Twenty-First 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 judges of the district, sitting en banc, which sum shall not exceed twenty dollars, subject, however, to the provisions of Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, Article 5181, et seq. In all criminal cases over which the Twenty-First 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 twenty dollars, which shall be in addition to all other fines, costs, or forfeitures lawfully imposed and which shall be collected by the sheriff in the respective parishes of the Twenty-First Judicial District for further disposition in accordance with this Section.
B. The clerk of court and the sheriff in the respective parishes of the Twenty-First Judicial District shall place all sums collected or received under this Section in a separate account to be designated as the Judicial Expense Fund for the Twenty-First Judicial District Court. The judges, en banc, of the Twenty-First Judicial District shall have control over the fund and all disbursements made therefrom. They 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.
Added by Acts 1980, No. 553, §1. Amended by Acts 1981, No. 437, §1; Acts 1985, No. 64, §1; Acts 2012, No. 46, §1.