Courts in Louisiana

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Courts in Louisiana are made up of Louisiana's state court system and three federal district courts.

The structure of Louisiana's state court system.

Appellate Courts

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Louisiana Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state. It has seven justices and is divided into seven districts.[1]


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Louisiana Courts of Appeal

The Courts of Appeals is made of up five circuits. Each of these circuits are further divided into three districts. The judges hears cases in panels of at least three. This court serves as the intermediate appellate court in Louisiana.[1]

Trial Courts

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The trial courts in the state all have jurisdictions that overlap with other courts.[2]

  • The Louisiana District Courts are the general trial courts in the state. It has original jurisdiction in all criminal and civil matters. The courts are divided into 40 districts, with at least one judge serving each one.[1]
  • The jurisdiction of the Louisiana City Courts varies by municipality. Generally, these courts are allowed to handle criminal cases that do not come with imprisonment or require a jury trial.[4]
  • The Louisiana Mayor’s Courts have jurisdiction over traffic and local ordinance violations. Increasingly, this level of court is merging with the City Courts.[3][5]

Federal courts

There are three federal courts in Louisiana, divided by district:

These courts are part of the Fifth Circuit.

Each federal district court has an associated bankruptcy court:

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