2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:61 - Judicial Council

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 13:61 (2017)

CHAPTER 1-C. JUDICIAL COUNCIL

§61. Judicial Council

A.(1) The Judicial Council of the Supreme Court of Louisiana shall adopt determinate standards and guidelines which shall be applied by the council in determining whether to approve the necessity of creating any new judgeship of the supreme court, courts of appeal, district courts, city courts, parish courts, juvenile courts, family courts, traffic courts, and municipal courts, including the creation of any new office of commissioner, magistrate, hearing officer, or any other judicial office by whatever other name designated.

(2) The Judicial Council shall adopt determinate standards and guidelines which shall be applied by the council in determining whether to approve the necessity of splitting or merging any courts of appeal, district courts, city courts, parish courts, juvenile courts, family courts, traffic courts, and municipal courts.

B.(1) Before a bill is acted upon by the legislature to create a new judgeship or office designated in Paragraph (A)(1) of this Section, a designee of the Judicial Council shall provide information to the appropriate standing committees of the House of Representatives or of the Senate as to approval of the council as to the necessity of creating the new judgeship or office of commissioner, magistrate, or hearing officer.

(2) Before a bill is acted upon by the legislature to split or merge courts designated in Paragraph (A)(2) of this Section, a designee of the Judicial Council shall provide information to the appropriate standing committees of the House of Representatives or of the Senate as to approval of the council as to the necessity of splitting or merging the courts.

C. The legislature shall not be required to act upon or enact legislation creating a new judgeship or office of commissioner, magistrate, or hearing officer even though the council has authorized the creation of the new office.

D. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to justice of the peace courts, mayors' courts, or administrative law judges employed by the Division of Administrative Law.

E. The Judicial Council shall have the authority to conduct a review of judicial districts and not later than March 1, 2007, provide information and recommendations to the legislature on the appropriate number of district court judgeships within each district based upon caseload, population, or other pertinent factors. The recommendations may include proposed revisions to specific constitutional or statutory language addressing the number of such judges in each district, the need for district merger or other actions, and the filling of judicial office vacancies in such district.

Acts 2003, No. 163, §1; Acts 2006, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 16, §1; Acts 2008, No. 621, §1.

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