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Civil Duty Court


IMPORTANT NOTE:  MOST UNCONTESTED CIVIL MATTERS MUST BE ROUTED THROUGH AND APPROVED BY THE CIVIL DUTY COURT OFFICE.   ALL MATTERS ARE ASSIGNED A CASE NUMBER BY THE CLERK OF COURT.  PLEASE ALWAYS HAVE THIS CASE NUMBER WHEN CALLING OR COMMUNICATING WITH THE CIVIL DUTY COURT OFFICE.


Duty Judge

Each of the seven (7) Civil District Judges serves a two (2) week duty period.  The link to the Civil Duty Schedule can be found here.    The Civil Judge on Duty handles the following types of matters with the assistance of the Civil Duty Court Staff:

IN CHAMBERS

1. Medical Review Panel

IN OPEN COURT

1. Judicial Commitments

2. Judgment Debtor Examinations

3. Confirmations of Default Judgments based upon a delictual obligation per La. C.C.P. 1702(B)(2)


Civil Duty Court Staff

Other than the open court matters listed above, the two (2) Civil Duty Court Staff  review and process the following types of matters (list is not intended to be exclusive) before sending the electronic files directly to the Divisional Judge allotted to the matter.

1. Adult adoptions

2. Petition to convert to ordinary process

3. Motion to Appoint Private Process Server

4. Motion to Appoint Curator

5. Petition for Name Change of Adult

6. Petition to make Judgment Executory and/or Foreign Judgments to be made Executory

7. Garnishments

8. Preliminary Defaults  (until January 1, 2022 due to repeal of La. C.C.P. art. 1701)

9. Curator returns


Staff Attorney for Civil Duty Court

There is one Staff Attorney for the Civil Duty Court who is primarily responsible for the review of all Uncontested Successions filed with the Clerk of Court for the 19th Judicial District Court.  In addition to Successions, the Staff Attorney also reviews the following matters (list is not intended to be exclusive):

1. Tutorships

2. Trusts

3. Petition for Name Change of Minor

4. Ex Parte Order to Authorize Cremation or Burial

5. Petition to Revive a Judgment

6. Confirmation of Default Judgment

7. Emancipation

8. Minority Settlements -often simultaneously filed with Tutorships

(These are reviewed by the Staff Attorney and, once correct, the attorney is instructed to contact the Judge’s office directly to schedule a Settlement Conference)

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