In Louisiana, there are limited jurisdiction courts, a general jurisdiction trial court, and two appellate courts. The appellate courts consist of the Circuit Courts, and the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Limited jurisdiction courts include Mayor’s Courts, Justice of the Peace Courts, City Courts, Parish Courts, Magistrate Courts, Family Court, and Juvenile Court. Mayor’s Courts deal with disputes under $30. Justice of the Peace Courts handle civil and small claims cases under $2,000. City, Parish & Magistrate Courts handle civil cases under $15,000, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, and juvenile cases. They also hold preliminary hearings for criminal felony cases. Family Court handles family and domestic matters, such as divorce, domestic violence, protection orders. Juvenile Court handles cases related to juvenile delinquency.
The District Court is the general jurisdiction trial court, which handles felony, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, juvenile, and civil cases of all amounts.
Most court records you can access via the resources below, organized by Parish name. We also have databases listed below for Appellate Court records, criminal records, and U.S. District Court federal records in Louisiana.
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