2017 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:5551 - Bonds in name of governor; surety; recording
§5551. Bonds in name of governor; surety; recording
A. Before a sheriff and ex-officio tax collector of state and parish taxes (the Parish of Orleans excepted) commences the discharge of his duties, or is recognized as such, he shall give bonds in favor of the governor, in amounts and conditioned as required by law. The surety on his bonds may be a bonding, surety or indemnity company qualified to do business in the state, which fact shall be shown by a certificate issued by the Secretary of State annexed to the bonds. The bonds and the certificates shall be filed with the clerk of the district court of the parish where the sheriff and ex-officio tax collector exercises the functions of his office, and shall be recorded by the clerk in a separate book kept for that purpose.
B. The bonds given by sheriffs and ex-officio tax collectors may be secured by at least two personal sureties, in which event the sureties shall reside within the parish wherein the officers exercise the functions of their office. Each of the sureties shall make oath that he has property over and above his liabilities and exemptions and homestead, sufficient to respond to the amount for which he obligates himself in the bond. The bonds shall be approved and accepted by the president of the police jury and the clerk of the district court of the parish, if good and sufficient, and shall be authenticated by the attestation of two witnesses and the signature of the clerk of the district court of the parish. They shall also be recorded in a separate book to be kept for that purpose, and registered in the mortgage records of the several parishes where the principal obligor may own immovables. The bonds, when so registered, shall operate from and after the date of the registry, as a mortgage on all the real estate of the principal obligors therein, in favor of the state, parish and all persons interested. In the event the sheriff furnishes bonds with personal sureties, before he commences the discharge of his duties as sheriff and ex-officio collector of state and parish taxes, or is recognized, he shall make affidavit and have the same recorded in the mortgage records of the parish in which he is to discharge his official functions, that he has caused his official bonds aforesaid to be recorded, as above provided, in all the parishes of the state in which he owns immovables, and he shall transmit to the auditor of public accounts duly authenticated copies of the bonds, with due certificates of the registry and also a duplicate of the affidavit.
Redesignated from R.S. 33:1445 pursuant to Acts 2011, No. 248, §3.