2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5203 - Pleadings; citation; procedure; evidence; substantive law; depositions
§5203. Pleadings; citation; procedure; evidence; substantive law; depositions
A. The pleadings, citation, and procedure provided by Articles 4901 through 4904 of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure shall be applicable to a small claims division created under authority of this Part. The technical rules of evidence are relaxed, and all relevant evidence is admissible, including hearsay, provided the judge satisfies himself of its general reliability; and further provided that the judgment is founded upon competent evidence.
B. A small claims division shall conduct hearings upon small claims in such manner as to do substantial justice between the parties according to the rules of substantive law, and shall not be bound by the statutory provisions or rules governing practice, procedure, pleading, or evidence, except statutory provisions relating to privileged communications.
C. No depositions shall be taken and no interrogatories or other discovery proceedings shall be used under the small claims procedure.
Added by Acts 1977, No. 710, §1. Amended by Acts 1979, No. 46, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1980; Acts 1987, No. 256, §1.