2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:4724 - Procedure for injunction to abate nuisance; appeal; attendance of witnesses
§4724. Procedure for injunction to abate nuisance; appeal; attendance of witnesses
All actions brought under this Sub-part shall be tried in the following manner:
(1) Upon the filing of any suit the district judge, whether in term or vacation, shall immediately issue a rule on the defendant to show cause why the nuisance complained of should not be abated and why an injunction should not issue restraining the operation of the gambling house. This rule shall, at the time of its issuance, be fixed for hearing not later than five days (counting Sundays, half-holidays and holidays) from the date of its issuance, and shall be heard by preference over all other matters and cases fixed for the same day and shall be heard continuously day after day until submitted for adjudication.
(2) Where an owner impleads a lessee or tenant as provided in R.S. 13:4723, he shall cause a certified copy of the plaintiff's petition, and a certified copy of the rule to show cause, together with a certified copy of the owner's own pleadings to be served upon the lessee, or tenant, and such lessee or tenant shall be bound equally with the owner to appear for the trial of the rule to show cause on the day fixed for the hearing thereof.
(3) When the owner is an absentee, or when his whereabouts are unknown, service of all pleadings, citations, rules and writs shall be made upon the agent who has acted for him in the rental of the property, and such agent shall be subject to every provision of this Subpart as though such agent were the owner.
(4) Upon the showing made by the parties on the trial of the rule to show cause, the court shall issue or deny an injunction without bond, forever enjoining the owner, lessee, sublessee, tenant, or occupant from conducting, or being concerned in conducting or operating like public nuisances anywhere within this state.
(5) In every case where the existence of a nuisance is established under the provisions of this Sub-part, an order of abatement shall be entered and as a part thereof, it shall be directed that the place where the nuisance existed shall be effectually closed for one year and that it shall not be used for any purpose whatsoever during that period. Any person who in any manner uses the place directed to be closed in violation of this order, shall be guilty of contempt and punished as provided in R.S. 13:4725. However, when the owner of the place, or his agent, clearly and conclusively establishes that the existence and maintenance of the nuisance was absolutely and wholly unknown to, and unsuspected by the owner, an order shall be entered permitting the owner to lease, use, or occupy the premises as if no suit had been filed.
(6) The pleading and practice in all cases under this Sub-part, except where otherwise specified herein, shall be in accordance with the Code of Civil Procedure and the laws and rules of court governing practice before the district courts of this state.
(7) The party cast shall have the right to appeal as in other cases on giving bond for a sum to be fixed by the court, the value of the property involved being hereby made the test of the appellate jurisdiction. However, the appeal must be filed in the appellate court within not more than ten days from rendition of the judgment, and the appellate court shall hear the same by preference over all other cases whatsoever.
(8) In all proceedings under this Sub-part, compulsory process may issue out of any court in which the proceedings may be pending to compel the attendance of any witnesses residing in any parish of this state.