2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5535 - Fees in criminal matters

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 13:5535 (2017)

§5535. Fees in criminal matters

The compensation, fees, and costs allowed sheriffs, the parish of Orleans excepted, for all services in criminal matters, shall be the following:

(1) For keeping and feeding of prisoners in jail not less than three dollars and fifty cents per diem for each prisoner. Any surplus funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year shall be returned to the parish governing authority.

(2) For executing any prisoner sentenced to capital punishment, fifty dollars to be paid by the parish.

(3) For every mile they actually and necessarily travel in going to and returning from the service of any process outside the parish, a mileage rate equal to the mileage rate established by the division of administration for the use of state owned vehicles and all actual expenses incurred in the service of the process; and a mileage rate equal to the mileage rate established by the division of administration for the use of state owned vehicles for each mile actually traveled in recovering and conveying each fugitive from justice to the jail of the parish in which he is charged with having committed the offense, plus all actual expenses incurred in recovering and conveying the fugitive to the jail, provided the fugitive is charged with the commission of an offense which might be punishable with imprisonment in the state penitentiary. Where the fugitive is charged with a misdemeanor, the sheriff shall be reimbursed the actual expense incurred by him in recovering and conveying the fugitive to the parish jail. An explicit bill for each item of such expenses, with receipts therefor, if receipts can be obtained, including the fees and charges for making the arrest, must be made out. This bill shall be paid by the parish upon the approval of the district judge or police jury.

(4) For transportation of prisoners to the penitentiary or other prison, for every mile which the sheriff or his deputies necessarily travel in going to and returning from, a mileage rate equal to the mileage rate established by the division of administration for the use of state owned vehicles. In addition, not more than two deputies shall be compensated at the rate of ten cents per mile for every mile which is necessarily traveled in going to such penitentiary or other prison; and for the expense of each prisoner conveyed, five cents per mile for going only, but not less than five dollars for each prisoner.

(5) No sum shall be paid for any service specified in the preceding paragraph unless the sheriff's account names the prisoner conveyed and is approved by the district judge or police jury.

(6) For conveying an insane person to the insane asylum, the same fees as above set forth for the conveyance of prisoners to the penitentiary or other prison, to be paid out of the parish treasury upon the order of the district judge or police jury, and all other expenses previously incurred in bringing the insane person before the district judge.

(7) For each warrant executed outside of the parish, two dollars.

(8) Sheriffs are entitled to receive the same fees as fixed in civil matters when a person is convicted and condemned to pay costs, which in no event shall be less than five dollars.

(9) For taking appearance bond when required to do so, fifteen dollars, unless suspended by a judge of the district court of the parish. A judge of a district court of the parish shall waive this fee if a defendant has been tried and found not guilty or if the charges against the defendant are dismissed.

Amended by Acts 1960, No. 466, §1; Acts 1962, No. 21, §1; Acts 1963, No. 43, §1; Acts 1964, No. 160; Acts 1966, No. 60; Acts 1973, No. 177, §1; Acts 1974, No. 658, §2; Acts 1976, No. 478, §1; Acts 1979, No. 396, §1; Acts 1981, No. 300, §1; Acts 1982, No. 182, §1; Acts 1985, No. 380, §1; Acts 1997, No. 494, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 33:1432 pursuant to Acts 2011, No. 248, §3.

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