2017 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 13 - Courts and Judicial Procedure
RS 13:992.1 - Judicial building fund

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 13:992.1 (2017)

§992.1. Judicial building fund

            A. The Nineteenth Judicial District Court and the clerk of court of the Nineteenth Judicial District are hereby authorized to impose the following additional costs of court and service charges provided for in Subsection B of this Section in all cases over which the court has jurisdiction, until the bonded indebtedness provided for in Subsection C of this Section is paid. The costs and charges provided in Subsection B of this Section shall not apply to cases involving family matters or any child welfare proceeding instituted by the Department of Children and Family Services or any district attorney's office. The costs and charges may be up to and include the maximum amount set forth and shall be imposed on order of the judges en banc. Such costs and charges shall be paid to the clerk of court when the filing is made.

            B.(1) Until such time that public bids are let for the construction project the amounts of the costs and charges which may be imposed shall be as provided in this Paragraph.

            Service Provided                    Amount of Cost Authorized

            (a) Recordings                       Up to thirty dollars per recordation

            (b) Civil Filings                     Up to twenty-five dollars per civil filing

            (c) Jury Trials                        Up to one hundred dollars per jury requested

            (d) Class Actions                   Up to one thousand twenty-five dollars per class certified

            (2) After public bids are let for the construction project the amounts of costs and charges which may be imposed shall be as provided in this Paragraph.

            Service Provided                    Amount of Cost Authorized

            (a) Recordings                       Up to thirty dollars per recordation

            (b) Civil Filings                     Up to two hundred dollars per civil filing

            (c) Jury Trials                        Up to two hundred dollars per jury requested

            (d) Class Actions                   Up to two thousand fifty dollars per class certified

            (e) All matters filed

            into civil suit record               Up to ten dollars per item filed

            (3) The matters filed into a civil record upon which the costs provided for in Subparagraph (2)(e) shall be imposed shall include but not be limited to petitions, motions, orders, judgments, citations, rules, evidence, correspondence, affidavits, dismissals, depositions, writs, appeals, answers, subpoenas, and jury matters.

            C.(1) Solely for the purposes of this Section, there is hereby created the Nineteenth Judicial District Court Building Commission for purposes of the construction and funding of the courthouse, which shall be deemed to be a public commission. The judges, en banc, of the Nineteenth Judicial District Court shall serve as the board of commissioners thereof. The commission shall be a public corporation with power to contract, administer the proceeds of the costs and charges authorized in this Section, lease, sublease, and otherwise provide for the construction, equipping, maintenance, and operation of a new courthouse for the Nineteenth Judicial District Court and to pledge and dedicate the receipts of the courthouse construction fund created hereby for the payment of any lease or sublease obligation, loan agreement, or other financing agreement relative thereto.

            (2) The commission shall elect a chairman and vice chairman. The judicial administrator for the Nineteenth Judicial District Court shall serve as secretary-treasurer for the commission.

            (3) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, issues regarding ownership and liability for maintenance and operation expenses of the new courthouse shall be provided for between the commission and East Baton Rouge Parish in a lease or sublease of the courthouse to the commission or by a cooperative endeavor agreement prior to the awarding of the contract for construction of the new courthouse.

            (4) The monies generated pursuant to this Section shall be forwarded by the clerk of court and sheriff to the fiscal agent bank chosen by the commission to be held in the courthouse construction fund. Any funds currently on deposit to the separate account of the judicial expense fund from the costs and charges authorized by this Section shall be transferred at the discretion of the commission to the courthouse construction fund held by the commission's fiscal agent. These monies deposited to the courthouse construction fund shall be dedicated to the design, planning, feasibility, acquisition, construction, equipping, operating, and maintaining a new facility to house the Nineteenth Judicial District Court, the Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish, the Juvenile Court, the offices of the clerk of court for the Nineteenth Judicial District, and such other ancillary agencies as may be necessary. No monies generated pursuant to this Section shall be used for payment of any bonded indebtedness involving site acquisition or construction of a new facility unless approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and the State Bond Commission.

            (5) For the purposes of this Section, "equipping" shall include but not be limited to expenditures for the purchase and maintenance of computer software and hardware for the agencies housed in the judicial facility.

            (6) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the commission may pledge and dedicate the receipts of the courthouse construction fund for the payment of any obligation, loan agreement, or other financing agreement in connection with the issuance of bonds or other evidence of indebtedness for the commission by the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority or the Louisiana Local Government Environmental Facilities and Community Development Authority.

            D. If public bids are not let for the construction of a new facility as provided in this Section within four years of August 15, 2003, then the authority provided in this Section to levy the additional costs and charges shall terminate and be null and void. Thereafter, no costs or charges authorized in this Section shall be imposed or collected. Should the authority to levy such costs and charges terminate as set forth herein, all funds collected and deposited in the separate account as provided in this Section shall be used solely for capital improvements to the facility then housing the Nineteenth Judicial District Court.

            Acts 2003, No. 1141, §1; Acts 2004, No. 611, §1; Acts 2005, No. 73, §1, eff. June 16, 2005; Acts 2006, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 9, §1, eff. Feb. 23, 2006; Acts 2006, No. 328, §1, eff. June 13, 2006; Acts 2016, No. 644, §1, eff. July 1, 2016.

NOTE: See Acts 2006, No. 328, §2, relative to effectiveness.

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