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Louisiana Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Louisiana Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (La. Const.)

    Additional Resources
    Constitution … [Louisiana Senate] — Alternative version, plus a link to a version in a PDF file.
    1996 Constitutional Amendments … [Louisiana Senate] — Texts of four proposed amendments, in two senate bills and two house bills.

  2. Bills • Resolutions

    See also the Louisiana Legislature web site.
  3. Acts of the Legislature (La. Acts)
  4. Revised Statutes and Codes • Constitution Ancillaries
    Note—The “constitution ancillaries” are vestiges of a superseded constitution, which continue in force as statutes.

    See also uniform laws.
  5. Additional Resources
    La. Rev. Stat. § 18:1481 et seq. (Campaign Finance Disclosure Act) … [Board of Ethics / Supervisory Committee for Campaign Finance]
    La. Rev. Stat. § 24:51 et seq. (lobbyist disclosure law) … [Board of Ethics / Supervisory Committee for Campaign Finance]
    La. Rev. Stat. § 29:4501 et seq. (agriculture and aquaculture anti-disparagement law) … [Center for Science in the Public Interest / FoodSpeak Coalition for Free Speech (D.C.)]
    La. Rev. Stat. § 37:141 et seq. (architects’ licensing law) … [Board of Architectural Examiners]
    La. Rev. Stat. § 42:1101 et seq. (Code of Governmental Ethics) … [Board of Ethics / Supervisory Committee for Campaign Finance]


Louisiana Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure

    Note— Rules for all three U.S. district courts are consolidated.
  2. Rules of Practice
  3. Additional Resources
    Courts of Appeals—Uniform Rules … [2nd Circuit Court of Appeal] — Alternative source.
    ¶ U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District: Guide to Practice (64KB)


Louisiana Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Executive Orders

  2. Regulations
  3. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings


Louisiana Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and parishes (counties). Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the parish web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. Parish Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Louisiana Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Louisiana law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Tulane Maritime Law Journal (Tul. Maritime L.J.)


    Other Louisiana Commentary


    Louisiana Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Louisiana Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers
    3. Louisiana Courts … [Perkins & Associates (La.)]
    4. Clerks of Court … [Louisiana Clerks of Court Ass’n]


    Louisiana Forms

    1. Revenue Department — Tax Forms

    2. Secretary of State: Commercial Division — Forms for Corporations, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies

    3. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.

    4. U.S. District Court Forms


    Other Louisiana Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Canada in Dallas … Canadian consular services for Louisiana residents.


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Louisiana State Bar Association — Consumer Brochures

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Louisiana Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Louisiana law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Louisiana.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Louisiana LawHelp … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.)] — This is “a joint project of a coalition of Louisiana legal services programs, other state advocacy organizations, and Probono.net, who share a common goal: to provide the public with easy internet access to basic legal information and legal resources in Louisiana.”
      2. Louisiana Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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