2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:1377 - Court costs and clerk's fees

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 13:1377 (2017)

§1377. Court costs and clerk's fees

A. Any defendant, other than an indigent, who pleads guilty or is convicted of an offense by the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans shall be assessed costs of court not to exceed the sum of one hundred dollars, such costs to be in addition to any fine, clerk's fees or sentence imposed by the court. When any defendant, other than an indigent, fails to pay the costs referred to hereinabove, he shall be sentenced to a term of thirty days in the parish prison in default of the payment of same.

B. Costs assessed against defendants pursuant to this Section shall be collected by the judicial administrator of the criminal district court of the parish of Orleans. All sums so collected shall be deposited in a bank or banks in the city of New Orleans in which deposits are insured or guaranteed by the federal government or any agency thereof. No deposit shall be made in any such bank in excess of the amount of the federal insurance or guaranty unless the amount deposited in excess of the amount of the federal insurance or guaranty is secured by any security authorized by law as security for the deposit of state funds. The deposits shall be credited to a special fund to be designated as the Criminal Court Cost Fund.

C. The Criminal Court Cost Fund shall be administered by the judges of the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans. Disbursements shall be made from the fund upon the signature of any judge of said court. The fund is to be expended to assist in the operation and maintenance of the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Criminal Courts Building and to assist in the operation of the offices of the various officials and agencies which maintain offices in said building.

D. When clerk's fees are assessed to a defendant by the court, clerks of the Criminal District Court shall be entitled to the remedies provided by R.S. 13:848 for collection of clerk's fees.

E. When any bail bond posted in the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans guaranteeing the appearance of any defendant in any case in the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans has been forfeited, said surety company and/or its local agent and/or insurance company for which said agent is writing bail bonds, shall be assessed costs in the sum of twenty-five dollars. The forfeiture of any bond referred to hereinabove shall not be set aside until the above costs have been paid, in addition to the other legal requirements of law having been met for the setting aside of the forfeiture. Costs assessed against surety companies pursuant to this Section shall be collected and administered in the same manner as that set out in Subsection B of this section.

F. Repealed by Acts 1975, No. 743, §9, eff. Aug. 1, 1975.

Amended by Acts 1968, No. 658, §1; Acts 1969, No. 138, §1; Acts 1970, No. 346, §1; Acts 1974, No. 408, §1; Acts 1975, No. 743, §9, eff. Aug. 1, 1975; Acts 1991, No. 256, §1; Acts 2006, No. 621, §19(B), eff. when the clerk of the 41st JDC takes office; Acts 2012, No. 474, §4(B)(2); Acts 2013, No. 350, §1, eff. June 17, 2013.

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