Louisiana Supreme Court Decisions

The unique origins of the Louisiana Supreme Court date back to the French and Spanish heritage of the state. Seven justices serve on the Court, which holds discretionary jurisdiction over all cases other than those involving the death penalty. This means that the Court can choose whether to review a case. The justice with the greatest seniority on the Court serves as the Chief Justice, who is viewed as the chief administrative officer of the judicial system in Louisiana. In 2008, a Tulane University study questioned the impartiality of the justices, arguing that they favored parties and attorneys who had made contributions to them. However, Chief Justice Pascal Calogero pointed out errors in the data and methodology of the study, which undermined its conclusions.

Each justice serves a 10-year term. Louisiana is divided into seven districts for the purposes of these elections, and each district elects a justice. These elections are partisan, which means that the party affiliation of the justice appears on the ballot. To run for election to the Louisiana Supreme Court, a candidate needs to be domiciled in the district, circuit, or parish in which they are running for election for at least one year before the election. They also must be younger than 70 and must have been admitted to practice law in Louisiana for at least 10 years.

A justice may be removed from the Louisiana Supreme Court if they are impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives in a majority vote and convicted by the Louisiana Senate in a two-thirds vote. Alternatively, a justice may be removed from the Court if the judiciary commission in the state recommends removal. If a current justice on the Court chooses to pursue an office outside the judicial branch, they must resign from serving on the Court. They cannot receive contributions to a non-judicial campaign while serving on the Court.

Browse Opinions From the Louisiana Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Louisiana Supreme Court
Louisiana v. Stockstill  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-01235

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Margaret Stockstill killed Cody Couch during an alcohol-fueled argument and physical fight in the home of Kristin Copeland on April 14, 2017, in Folsom, Louisiana. Couch and Copeland had a five-month-old daught...

Louisiana v. Revish  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-01732

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Nicholas Revish was found guilty of the second degree murder of Latrell Davis and the attempted second degree murder of Jamond Rougeau. All three were in Rougeau’s parked vehicle on March 26, 2012, in Baton Rou...

Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-B-00387
D90 Energy, LLC v. Jefferson Davis Parish Board of Review  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-C-00200

Justia Opinion Summary: This dispute involved ad valorem taxes for the tax years 2013 through 2016. In October 2012, D90 Energy, LLC, purchased two gas wells and one saltwater disposal well. The wells were subject to ad valorem property taxatio...

Meiners v. St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection Dist. No. 4 et al.  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-CC-00491

Justia Opinion Summary: Frederick Meiners, III was employed as Assistant Fire Chief with the St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 4 (“District”). In early 2016, Meiners agreed to retrieve a repaired ambulance unit from Hattiesburg, b...

Louisiana v. Hill  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-KA-00323

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Louisiana filed a bill of information charging defendant, Tazin Ardell Hill, with altering an official identification card to conceal his designation as a registered sex offender. The issue this case presented f...

Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-B-00117
Date: September 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2015-KA-01592
Louisiana v. Quinn  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-00647

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, fishermen in Cocodrie, Louisiana noticed a large Rubbermaid tote floating near a dock. The next day, they called the police after they spotted clothing and a human arm sticking out of it. Inside the tote, police...

Lousiana v. Bartie  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KK-01727

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, defendant Dennis Bartie stabbed his former girlfriend more than 20 times in front of eyewitnesses in Baton Rouge and then stole her friend’s car, which he drove to Lake Charles and abandoned. He was found guilty...

Louisiana v. Kennon  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KO-00998

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Keddrick Kennon was convicted by jury of distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine. The district court sentenced defendant to serve two terms of imprisonment at hard labor: 30 years and five years, to r...

Louisiana v. Harris  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-KH-01012

Justia Opinion Summary: Derrick Harris was serving a life sentence pursuant to Louisiana's Habitual Offender law. The issue presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court's review centered on whether Harris could claim ineffective assistance of coun...

DePhillips v. Hospital Service Dist. No. 1 of Tangipahoa Parish d/b/a North Oaks Medical Center et al.  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-01496

Justia Opinion Summary: This matter arose from alleged violations of the Health Care Consumer Billing and Disclosure Protection Act (“Balance Billing Act” or “Act”). The Louisiana Supreme Court granted certiorari review to resolve the question...

Louisiana v. Ricard  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KH-00073

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Robert Ricard, Jr. was indicted on two counts of the aggravated rape of his niece, K.M., then aged 12. Defendant regularly babysat K.M. and her siblings in exchange for lodging in the home of his sister’s famil...

Louisiana v. Michael  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KK-01273

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2016, defendant Jason Michael drove his truck into a smaller vehicle on Louisiana Highway 44 in Ascension Parish and then fled the scene of the accident. He was found by police a few miles away. His vehicle was h...

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