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You can use this page as your main resource for finding statewide LA databases.  Scroll to the listings below.  City and Parish records are within easy reach as well – just click on the menu options on the left.  Same for license searches and records by Category.

  • Courts - The Louisiana court system has five levels. At the first are Mayors & Justice of the Peace Courts. The former handles disputes under $30. The latter handles civil & small claims cases under $2K. At the second are City, Parish & Magistrate Courts. These have limited jurisdiction & handle civil cases under $15K & misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, juvenile cases & preliminary hearings. At the third are: Family Court, which handles family & domestic matters; Juvenile Court; and District Court, which is the court of general jurisdiction, handling felony, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, juvenile, & civil cases of all amounts. At the fourth are the Circuit Courts, which serve as appeals courts to review decisions from lower courts. At the top is the Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from all lower courts.  Louisiana Court Records
  • Criminal Records - Some misdemeanor and DWI/DUI cases are handled by the City and Parish Courts. Others are handled by the District Courts, which also try felony and criminal juvenile cases.  Complete statewide Louisiana criminal histories are not available online, by state law. For details on how to order a criminal history from the state, and for Parish databases, go to our Louisiana Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records - Birth, death & marriage certificates are provided by: Louisiana Vital Record Registry, PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160, (504) 219-4500.  Go to our Vital Records page for historical birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Louisiana, statewide historical death records, and available city & parish databases for deaths, burials, cemeteries, and obituaries; statewide historical marriages, and marriage databases from available cities and parishes; and information about ordering divorce certificates.


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