CITY COURT OFFICE

314 Amulet Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
318-352-6666 Phone
318-352-6767 Fax

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

City Court Judge
Honorable Fred S. Gahagan

Clerk/Court Administrator
Rhonda Roge'

Deputy Clerks
Susan Cloutier
Haley Pate
Shenita Goston


City Court

The Natchitoches City Court presides over Civil, Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile cases.  Civil claims include personal injury, contract, and landlord-tenant cases up to $25,000.  The Court also has criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors that are offenses generally punishable by a fine of not more than $500 and/or a jail term of not more than six months.  All fines, costs, and forfeitures levied by the judges are collected by the Natchitoches Police Department and City Marshal.

The Natchitoches City Court is located at 314 Rue Amulet.  The court is open on all weekdays except holidays (listed below).  The clerk's office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday.

Guide to Practice

In order to assist litigants and attorneys using the Natchitoches City Court, the court has created this  "Guide to Practice" .  This document is not meant to be a definitive statement of the law nor may it be cited to the court as support for any position.  This document is merely a tool to be utilized to assist litigants and attorneys in access to the court.  Legal citations are provided to assist litigants and attorneys in their quest to determine applicable law and procedure.

Please be advised that the Supreme Court’s Uniform Forms Committee for Louisiana City and Parish Courts has posted a set of general, non-mandatory forms on the Information for Self-Represented Litigants page (link) on the Supreme Court’s website to assist both attorneys and self-represented litigants in city and parish courts statewide. These forms are basic templates of some – not all – forms commonly used in limited jurisdiction courts.

Civil Filing Fees

Filing New Suit  $250.00
     Each Additional Defendant  $50.00
Filing Answer $10.00
Filing Answer and Reconventional Demand or Third Party Demand  $250.00
Filing Petition for Garnishment   $150.00
Filing Eviction $175.00
Filing New Suit Less Than $1,000.00 $135.00
Issuing Writ of Fieri Facias  $50.00
Issuing Subpoena or Subpoena Duces Tecum $50.00
Motion to Examine Judgment Debtor or Motion for Summary Judgment $65.00

 

Holidays Observed

The following dates have been designated legal holidays and all court offices will be closed thereon. 

 

HOLIDAYS 2019

January 1st   Tuesday    New Years Day 
January 21st  Monday Martin Luther King
February 18th Monday Presidents Day
March 5th Tuesday Mardi Gras
April 19th Friday Good Friday
May 27th Monday Memorial Day
July 4th Thursday Independence Day
September 2nd  Monday Labor Day 
November 1st  Friday All Saints' Day
November 11th      Monday  Veterans Day
November 28th  Thursday Thanksgiving Day 
November 29th  Friday Day After Thanksgiving 
December 24th Tuesday  Christmas Eve Holiday
December 25th  Wednesday     Christmas Holiday
December 31 Tuesday  New Year's Eve Holiday 
January 1, 2020 Wednesday  New Year's Day
     

**We will be closed on any day that the governor has proclaimed a legal holiday pursuant to R.S. 1:55 (B) (3) **

ALL HOLIDAYS OBSERVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH R.S. 1:55 E (1)(a)(i)(ii)(b)

THE ABOVE HOLIDAYS WILL BE OBSERVED BY THE CLERK OF COURT'S OFFICE.

  

Notes

  1. Additionally, each clerk of a district court, parish court, and city court shall close his office on all of the legal holidays provided on any day that the governor has proclaimed a legal holiday pursuant to R. S. 1:55(B)(3).
  2. Additionally, each clerk of a district court, parish court, and city court may close his office on any day an emergency situation has been declared by the governor or the local governing authority and governmental entities, including the courthouse, have been ordered to close pursuant to R. S. 1:55(E)1(b)
  3. If a proclamation is issued the Association office will post it on this website or you may obtain a copy from  www.gov.state.la.us pursuant to R. S. 1:55(E)1(c)