2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:3733.2 - Financial institution records containing electronic signatures; admissibility into evidence
§3733.2. Financial institution records containing electronic signatures; admissibility into evidence
A. Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, if accompanied by a certification as provided in Subsection B of this Section, a record, containing an electronic signature or a reproduction of a record containing an electronic signature, shall be considered to be an original, as defined in Article 1001 of the Code of Evidence, for all purposes and shall be admissible into evidence as an original record in any judicial, administrative, and other proceedings in all courts, tribunals, and other bodies and in any proceedings before all boards, bureaus, departments, commissions, and agencies of this state, and shall be received in evidence as prima facie proof of its contents with the same force and effect as an original record, and shall be deemed authentic for all purposes, satisfying the requirements of Code of Evidence Articles 901 and 902. If accompanied by a certification as provided in Subsection B of this Section, a record containing an electronic signature or a reproduction of a record containing an electronic signature shall be deemed authentic evidence for purposes of executory process to the same extent as if it were a manually signed paper original record.
B. A record containing an electronic signature or a reproduction of a record containing an electronic signature is presumed to be genuine if accompanied by a certification, executed by a representative of a financial institution or its assignee, substantially as follows:
CITY OF ______________________________
I,______________________, a representative of _______________________ (the
Financial Institution or assignee) do hereby certify the following:
(a) In accordance with R.S. 13:3733.2, based on the undersigned person's personal knowledge or upon information and belief based upon records of the financial institution, any assignee, or any other person that are kept or obtained in the ordinary course of its business activities, the document(s) attached to this certificate, consisting of ___ page(s), is (are each) a record, electronic record, or reproduction of a record or electronic record that contains a genuine electronic signature of ______________ (insert name of signer on documents).
(b) If the document(s) attached to this certificate is (are each) an obligation sought to be enforced, including a promissory note, the financial institution or assignee named above is entitled to enforce the obligation(s) evidenced by the documents.
C. The provisions of this Section that authorize the use of a record containing an electronic signature or a reproduction of a record containing an electronic signature shall not apply to a collateral mortgage note as defined in R.S. 10:9-102(d)(3).
Acts 2015, No. 84, §2.