21st Judicial District Court

 Court Procedure


The guide is meant to help someone who is not represented by a lawyer understand the general rules and procedures of a civil court case in Louisiana. It is not a complete guide to the law nor does it discuss every issue or aspect of the law that may affect your case.

This information is not meant to replace State laws or Court Rules. The purpose of this guide is to give general information and make it easier to represent yourself in court.  You have a right to represent yourself in court, but it comes with the responsibility to follow certain court rules and procedures.

The guide will help you with issues concerning court procedure by:  

  • Answering questions on how to file motions in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below;

  • Preparing forms for you to file  in the "Forms Available" section;

  • Explaining the steps for filing  in the "Instructions" section attached to the form;

  • ‚ÄčHelping you find a lawyer in the "Community Resources" section.

 *In order to file with the Clerk of Court, forms must be printed out and filled in completely. If you are unable to do this, or do not have access to a printer, you can visit your local library for assistance. For more assistance locating a library, click here.




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