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Where can I Park when I come to the courthouse?


Answer:

There are several public parking garages and parking lots located within walking distance of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse. Two public garages are located on the northeast and northwest corner, respectively, of the intersection of Government Street and St. Louis Street. These two public garages are approximately two blocks from the courthouse, and they usually have available parking spaces. There is a private parking lot located at the corner of St. Ferdinand and America Street. And, of course, there is metered parking on the streets surrounding the courthouse.


How do I order a transcript?


Answer:

1. Contact Kimberly Shortridge at 389-4744 or email: kShortridge@brgov.com

2. Provide the case number and the date of the proceeding.

3. You will be notified of the estimated cost.

4. If you decide to proceed, you will need to complete the request for transcript form (we can fax or mail it to you) and provide a cashier's check or money order for payment of the estimated costs.

5. Upon receipt of your funds, the court reporter will put your request in line for production.

6. You will be notified once the transcript is complete. If the estimate was accurate, you may pick up the transcript or we will mail it to you. You will be advised if the actual cost was over or under the estimate. If the former, you will need to provide more funds before the transcript is released; if the latter, a refund will be mailed to you.



Judicial Ability to Comment?


Answer:

Recognizing the general public’s right to be informed as to the operation of Louisiana’s judicial system, the Louisiana State Bar Association makes its staff and members available to provide answers to questions that may arise as to the judicial process. For that reason, the LSBA encourages members of the public and the press to contact the LSBA at any time with questions of this nature. As to judges’ frequent inability to comment either to the press or to the general public on pending cases or matters that have come before their courts, the LSBA explains as follows the constraints the law places on public comments by the men and women who have offered themselves as public servants in the courts of Louisiana. Judges in Louisiana are governed by the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct.

     Part of the role of Judges in Louisiana is governed by the Louisiana Code of Judicial Conduct. Part of the role of a judge in our state is to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of an independent and honorable judicial system that is indispensable to justice in our society. To that end, judges are prohibited under the Code of Judicial Conduct from commenting publicly on any pending Louisiana state court proceeding in such a way as might reasonably be expected to affect the outcome of that proceeding, impair the fairness of that proceeding, or suggest any bias or prejudice by the Court in favor of one or more parties.

     Under the Louisiana Constitution, the judicial branch of government is one of three separate and independent branches of government, designed as such to limit the power of any one particular branch of government. For that reason, judges are granted the discretion, based on their assessment of the legal evidence and information made available in any particular case, to exercise their wisdom in making decisions as to the progress and final outcome of that case. This often requires a delicate balancing of the rights of the accused or individual parties with the rights of society at large.

     Out of respect for the honor and integrity of the public judicial system, and in compliance with the Code of Judicial Conduct, as well as the laws and Constitution of the state of Louisiana, judges are prohibited from publicly explaining their actions or decisions and commenting on pending Louisiana state court decisions in a manner that could affect the outcome of the case or the fairness of the proceeding, often for reasons not readily apparent to the general public.

     Judges may, at their own discretion, comment on cases that are completed, meaning cases which have made their way completely through the appeals process, and are thus considered “res judicata,” or “already conclusively and finally decided by the courts.”


How do I find out if I have an outstanding warrant for my arrest?


Answer:

Please keep in mind that there are several overlapping jurisdictions, namely: federal, state, parish and city. To check and see if you have a federal warrant, please call the U.S. Marshal's Office: (225) 389-0364. If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest in East Baton Rouge Parish, you can check the East Baton Rouge's Sheriff's website --- Click here to see if you have any outstanding warrants for your arrest. You can also check the Baton Rouge City Court for any outstanding warrants by clicking here. If you think you might have a warrant for your arrest from another jurisdiction, please contact that jurisdiction directly.









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