Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we receive. Click on the question to review the answer. If you have a question that is not here, please contact us.
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A: All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off. No hats, caps, tank tops, shorts, or sunglasses are allowed. Men’s shirttails must be worn inside. No food, beverages, or gum chewing is allowed inside the courtroom.
A: You should bring your subpoena with you and report to the Courtroom on the second floor at the appointed time listed on your subpoena. If your subpoena also requests that you bring any documents or other evidence, you should bring those items as well.
A: No. A judge cannot discuss your case without the other party or the other party’s attorney present. If you have a lawyer representing you in the case, all communication to the judge should be made through your lawyer
A: You can obtain a full transcript of any hearing or trial that you were involved with by contacting the judge’s court reporter. The cost of the transcript is $2.50 per page and an estimated deposit must be paid upfront. If you want to obtain the court minutes of a particular court proceeding (which is a summary of what occurred), you should contact the clerk of court’s office for more information.
A: The judge is responsible for setting the amount of bail.
A: The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office or the Natchitoches City Police Office is the proper place to go to pay a bond in a criminal matter, depending on which agency made the arrest.
A: No. Judges cannot give legal advice to anyone that is or may be before the Court. Consult an attorney if you need help with a legal matter.
A: If you have been ordered to appear in a criminal matter, it is extremely important that you appear as scheduled. A bench warrant for your arrest may be issued for failure to appear. While absences are generally unexcused regardless of the reason, if you determine that you will not be able to make the appearance as required, you should immediately call the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office. If you are subpoenaed to testify in a civil cases, you should immediately call the attorney that subpoenaed you in the case and let them know of the emergency.
A: Yes. Sometimes, briefs filed in the Clerk’s Office never reach the Judge’s Chambers or are significantly delayed. It is highly recommended and appreciated that attorneys send a second courtesy copy of every brief directly to the presiding judge.
A: Yes. If you are involved in a case where a minor will receive proceeds from a settlement, please contact the Judge’s office to set up a status conference on the issue. Also, be prepared to send a copy of the settlement documents to the presiding judge for his/her review.
A:Yes. In order for the Judge to be fully prepared for trial, all exhibits and depositions intended to be introduced at trial should be filed as early as possible and preferably before the pre-trial conference, but in no case later than the date set forth in the pre-trial order.
A: Yes. The Court is amenable to using status conferences as a way to discuss disputes not directly pertaining to the merits. If you want to set a status conference, you may prepare a motion and order to set a status conference and file it with the Court. The Court will then arrange the date and time for the conference.
A: While the presiding judge cannot communicate directly with a party individually, it is acceptable to call the Judge’s law clerk. If the law clerk cannot provide sufficient assistance, a status conference can be arranged.
A: Yes. The Court likes to resolve as many preliminary evidentiary issues as possible before trial. If an evidentiary issue is anticipated and a party seeks to exclude certain evidence, a motion in limine should be filed.
A: Motion hour is every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M. Division “A” handles motion hour from the 1st-15th of every month, while Division “B” handles motion hour from the 16th through the end of the month.