Justice is the firm and continuous desire to render to everyone that which is his due.
COURTHOUSES REOPEN – WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU
*15th JDC COURT REOPENING (Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parishes)
The courthouse will reopen on May 18, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. on a limited basis and with the following guidelines:
All people entering the courthouses must wear a mask or face covering which covers the nose and mouth.
No person shall enter the courthouses if any of the following apply:
• You are diagnosed with COVID-19
• You have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days or have been advised by a physician to self-quarantine
• You are suffering from a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever
Courtrooms and hallways will be marked to indicate where seating is allowed.
Elevator use will be limited to 2 people who will stand in opposite comers. No one will be allowed in an elevator without a mask.
Upon entering a courtroom, all people are to use hand sanitizer.
Only people with direct business with the court are allowed in the courtrooms (no additional individuals).
Individuals with matters scheduled from May 18, 2020 forward shall appear on their scheduled court date and at the scheduled time, unless advised otherwise by their attorney.
Anyone who missed a criminal court date (misdemeanor, felony, traffic or arraignment) between March 20 and May 15, 2020 shall appear for service of a new court date as follows:
• Last name beginning with letters A-I – Appear for re-service on May 26
• Last name beginning with letters J-Q – Appear for re-service on May 27
• Last name beginning with letters R-Z – Appear for re-service on May 28
Lafayette Parish will have a drive/walk through system. Vermilion Parish will re-serve on the courthouse porch. Acadia Parish will re-serve in a tent in front of the courthouse.
Civil hearings will conducted via video and in scheduled time slots. In circumstances where video scheduling is not possible, civil in-person hearings will also be scheduled in time
slots. If you have an upcoming civil court date and have not received information
regarding your time slot, you should contact your attorney.
No civil or criminal jury trials shall commence prior to June 30, 2020.
*16th JDC COURT REOPENING (St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary Parishes)
The courthouses will open on May 18, 2020.
You will not be allowed into the courthouse more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
It is recommended that all parties coming to court wear a mask
Only parties and their attorneys will be allowed in the courtroom at the time of the scheduled hearing. You may have to provide your name and case information upon entering the courthouse.
Once inside the courthouse and courtroom, you will have to practice social distancing of six feet from other individuals. As a consequence, you may be asked to wait in another courtroom or area of the courthouse or even in your vehicle until your case is called for hearing.
There will be specifically marked seats inside the courtroom
All witnesses must be placed on standby, waiting either outside the courthouse or at a nearby location within fifteen minutes of the courthouse.
All persons shall use hand sanitizer, before passing documents to another person in the courtroom.