Louisiana’s District Courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts for the state, and they handle both civil and criminal cases. There are 43 District Courts in Louisiana. There is one judge per district. They can handle cases like tort matters, contract disputes, real property cases, small claims, domestic relations, family matters, felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency, guardianship and other types of legal actions. Many cases use a jury, and some are heard only by a judge. There is a total of 367 judges presiding over District Courts in Louisiana.
The District Courts in Louisiana are split into divisions that handle specialty areas like Drug Court, Family Court, Probate Court, and Juvenile Court. Each branch has exclusive jurisdiction over cases that involve these types of issues. Their judges and court staff are highly trained to deal with their area of expertise.
The Louisiana Supreme Court website has a map of each judicial district to make it easy for patrons to find the court in their area. The Office of the Judicial Administrator is the administration organization that supervises the entire court system. Members of this organization staff the Judicial Council and the Judicial Administrator is the Chief Executive Officer of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana for special projects and to manage court proceedings. The main Supreme Court website is structured like an informational portal and has rules and laws listed for each type of court including District Court. They also have a whole section of links specifically to help self-represented litigants. The items included are forms, law library guides, video tutorials and bar association notes for self-represented individuals.
Louisiana has another sister website called The Law Library of Louisiana that has a plethora of information on it for researchers, historians, attorneys, and self-represented individuals.