Louisiana Legal Overview
Louisiana's legal justice system is based on old Roman law and law codes from France wherein judges can issue verdicts without explanations as to the basis of their judgment. It does not happen in practice, but the law still stands. The Louisiana Supreme Court is the highest court, with a Chief Justice and seven associate justices elected from six judicial districts for 10-year terms. The Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal has five circuits with 54 judges elected for 10-year terms. The District Court has 222 judges over 40 districts and is the main trial court with general jurisdiction.
Top metro Louisiana areas for Legal Issues:
1. Capital punishment is legal in Louisiana and had a national impact in the case of Kennedy v. Louisiana (2008). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state had the power to impose a death penalty in cases where the victim(s) were not dead only if the defendant was guilty of crimes against the state, such as treason. Louisiana has seen landmark civil rights judgments such as Taylor v. Louisiana (1975), which barred the exclusion of women from jury duty. In Garner v. Louisiana (1961), the court ruled that sit-in protestors at diners could not be convicted for disturbing the peace.
2. According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the child neglect and abuse hotline in Louisiana received 114,000 calls its first years, and over 50,000 of those callers suspected neglect or abuse.
3. A federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana regulation banning palm reading, fortunetelling,, astrology and similar services in the city of Alexandria.
Trending Louisiana Legal Topics: The unified Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) was established in 1941. All of the nearly 18,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in Louisiana are LSBA members and regulated by the LSBA under the direction of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Bar exams are administered by the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions. The Judiciary Commission of Louisiana has jurisdiction over investigation of judges. Send complaints against judges to the commission's Office of Special Counsel.