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Louisiana City Courts

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There are 46 city courts in Louisiana. These courts generally have concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in civil cases involving $15,000 or less.[1] The city courts have replaced some of the Justice of the Peace and Mayor's Courts.[2] Judges serve six-year terms.[3]
The jurisdiction of the city courts includes:

  • Criminal cases such as city ordinance violations (not punishable by hard labor) and preliminary examinations of criminal cases
  • Civil cases where the disputed amount is between $5,000 and $20,000 (except in tutorship, curatorship, emancipation, partition proceedings, and cases where parish courts have no jurisdiction)
  • Juvenile cases (except in parishes with separate juvenile courts)

They may have a Small Claims division as well. [3]


City Court Parish
First and Second[4] Orleans
Abbeville Vermilion
Alexandria Rapides
Baker East Baton Rouge
Bastrop Morehouse
Baton Rouge East Baton Rouge
Bogalusa Washington
Bossier Bossier
Breaux St. Martin
Bunkie Avoyelles
Crowley Acadia
Denham Springs Livingston
Eunice St. Landry
Franklin St. Mary
Hammond Tangipahoa
Houma Terrebonne
Jeanerette Iberia
Jennings Jefferson Davis
Kaplan Vermilion
Lafayette Lafayette
Lake Charles Calcasieu
Leesville Vernon
Marksville Avoyelles
Minden Webster
Monroe Ouachita
Morgan St. Mary
Natchitoches Natchitoches
New Iberia Iberia
Oakdale Allen
Opelousas St. Landry
Pineville Rapides
Plaquemine Iberville
Port Allen West Baton Rouge
Rayne Acadia
Ruston Lincoln
Shreveport Caddo
Slidell St. Tammany
Springhill Webster
Sulphur Calcasieu
Thibodaux Lafourche
Vidalia Concordia
Ville Platte Evangeline
West Monroe Ouachita
Winnfield Winn
Winnsboro Franklin
Zachary[5] East Baton Rouge

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