Civil FAQ
I am looking for a succession. Where should I look?
How can I get a domestic restraining order?
How can I get a restraining order?
Do you have a small claims court?
How can I get custody of my children?
How much are my court costs?
Can you tell me if a pleading has been signed by a Judge?
How can I obtain a civil transcript?
Can you tell me if a civil law suit has been filed?
Can you tell me if a court date or rule date has been set in a certain civil suit?
Can you tell me what day service was made on a defendant?
Who is responsible for providing payment of a jury bond?
Criminal FAQ

Where do I pay a traffic ticket?
How do I find out the total cost of my traffic ticket?
Can you do a criminal search for me?
Can you give me a criminal disposition?
How much is court cost (criminal and civil)?

When is my court date?
How can I change my court date?
What is Article 894?
How much does it cost to file an expungement?
Does your office provide a form for expungement?
Who is my Probation Officer?
Is my name on the docket?
How can I obtain a criminal transcript?

Jury Duty FAQ
With whom do I need to speak to find out if I am exempt from Jury duty?
How do I find out if Jury Duty has been canceled?
I've already sent in a medical excuse to the Judge. How can I check to see if I have been excused from Jury Duty?
Non Support FAQ
Can I get my court date continued?
How can I get my child support decreased?
What is a civil contempt rule?
Marriage Licenses FAQ
Where can I obtain a copy of my marriage license?
What do I need to get a marriage license?
Do both parties have to be present to apply for and receive a Marriage License?
Birth Certificates FAQ
Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?
Mortgage & Conveyance FAQ
Can you tell me who owns the property at a certain address?

Civil
1. I am looking for a succession. Where should I look?

A succession is normally filed in the Clerk of Court's office in the parish where the deceased resided. If the succession is in Livingston Parish, you may call the Clerk of Court's office and ask for the Civil Records Section. Please have the full name of the deceased.

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2. How can I get a domestic restraining order?

Petitions for domestic abuse protection are available at the Clerk of Court's office in the Civil Processing Section and the Spouse Abuse Office.

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3. How can I get a restraining order?

An attorney normally files restraining orders. There are NO forms available at the Clerk of Court's office. Please contact your attorney.

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4. Do you have a small claims court?

Depending upon the Ward in which you reside, you may be able to file in the Denham Springs City Court or through the Justice of the Peace in your ward of residence.

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5. How can I get custody of my children?

An attorney normally files Petitions for Custody. There are NO forms available at the Clerk of Court's office. Please contact your attorney.

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6. How much are my court costs?

Court costs vary with each case. You must call the Clerk of Court's Office and ask for the Civil Department. Please have a docket (case) number available.

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7. Can you tell me if a pleading has been signed by a Judge?

Only if the following information is given to the Civil Department ...

  • the suit caption and docket number
  • the approximate date the pleading was filed

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8. How can I obtain a civil transcript?

The party requesting the transcript should contact the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court's Office at (225) 686-2216 and ask for the Minute Clerk of the Divsion to which the case is allotted. You must provide the date of the hearing.

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9. Can you tell me if a civil law suit has been filed?

The Civil Records Section can look this up on the computer system if you know the names of the parties.

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10. Can you tell me if a court date or rule date has been set in a certain civil suit?

The Civil Records Section can look this matter up on the computer if you have the names of the plaintiff and defendant or the case docket number.

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11. Can you tell me what day service was made on a defendant?

The Civil Records Section can look this up on the computer if you furnish the name of the plaintiff and the defendant or the civil suit docket number.

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12. Who is responsible for providing payment of a jury bond?

The party requesting a civil jury trial is responsible for presenting to the court an order for the calling of the jury. The jury will not be called until the Clerk of Court receives a jury bond in the amount stated on the scheduling order. Also, Article 1734.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure provides that the court may require an additional amount to be deposited during the trial if the original amount of the cash deposit is insufficient to pay jury costs. If you have any further questions, please contact the Minute Clerk of the division in which the jury trial is set.

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Marriage
1a. Where can I obtain a copy of my marriage license?

You must contact the Clerk of the parish in which you purchased your marriage license.

1b. Can I get a copy of my marriage license from the Livingston Clerk of Court?

Yes --- but only if you purchased your license from the Livingston Clerk of Court.

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2. What do I need to get a marriage license?

  • a copy of both parties' birth certificates
  • Driver's License or picture I.D. of both parties
  • if either party was previously married and received a judgment of divorce within 30 days of applying, you must have a copy of your judgment of divorce
  • $31.00 (cash only)
  • See also the Marriage License page

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3. Do both parties have to be present to apply for and receive a Marriage License?

No, as long as all the required documentation is presented, either one of the engaged persons can make the application and receive the marriage license.

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Birth Certificates
1. Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?

If you are from Louisiana, you may call Vital Statistics (504) 568-8353 or toll-free (800) 454-9570. For more information, see Birth Certificate Information on the Marriage License page.

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Jury Duty
1. With whom do I need to speak to find out if I am exempt from Jury duty?

You are required to show up on the day you are scheduled. The judge is the only person who can excuse you from jury duty. To be excused from court call the Judges Chambers (225) 686-7461.

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2. How do I find out if Jury Duty has been canceled?

You may call 1-866-686-1525 which is toll-free or (225) 686-1525 after 4:30 pm on the day preceding your report date and a recording will tell you if you must show up for court on the following day.

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3. I've already sent in a medical excuse to the Judge. How can I check to see if I have been excused from Jury Duty?

You must call the Judge Chambers at (225) 686-7461 and they will inform you.

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Criminal
1. Where do I pay a traffic ticket?

Traffic tickets are paid at the Sheriff's Office in the Traffic Division. (225) 686-2241.

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2. How do I find out the total cost of my traffic ticket?

The Traffic Division of the Sheriff's Office (225) 686-2241 can provide this information. The Clerk's office does not have a cost schedule for fines.

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3. Can you do a criminal search for me?

You must request a Criminal search in writing accompanied by a fee of $20.00 per name to be searched. Copies of pleadings pertaining to the search may be purchased for an additional charge. An individual may also appear in the Clerk's office to run a search on the computer provided for public use in the Criminal Department. There is no charge for this service; however, copy fees still apply.

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4. Can you give me a criminal disposition?

You must request a Criminal disposition in writing accompanied by a fee of $10.00 per name per charge. Mail your request and check or money order payable to the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court to:

Livingston Parish Clerk of Court
ATTN:  Criminal Filing Desk
Post Office Box 1150
Livingston, LA 70754

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5. How much is court cost (criminal and civil)?

Amounts regarding criminal court costs are furnished by the Sheriff's Office, Traffic Division (225) 686-2241. Civil court cost information may be obtained from the Clerk's Civil Department.

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6. When is my court date?

Contact the District Attorney's Office at (225) 686-3070 or you may appear in person at the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court's Office.

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7. How can I change my court date?

Criminal court dates are only assigned by a representative from the District Attorney's Office (225) 686-3070.

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8. What is Article 894?

The legal definition of Article 894 can be found in the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure (CCRP 894). The Clerk of Court cannot interpret the law or answer questions regarding it. Questions concerning Article 894 should be addressed to a licensed attorney.

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9. How much does it cost to file an expungement?

The cost for filing an expungement is $10.00 payable to the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court; $250.00 payable to the Louisiana State Police; $50.00 payable to the Livingston Parish Sheriff; and $50.00 payable to the 21st JDC District Attorney.

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10. Does your office provide a form for expungement?

No. Expungements must be submitted to the Clerk's office already prepared by an attorney or by the individual requesting the expungement.

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11. Who is my Probation Officer?

If you were placed on felony probation, the Probation and Parole office can answer this question. They can be reached at 1-800-841-5720. If you have been placed on misdemeanor probation, contact the 21st Judicial District Court Misdemeanor Probation office at (985) 747-1308.

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12. Is my name on the docket?

The District Attorney's Office (225) 686-3070 makes the docket and only a representative of that office may answer this question.

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13. How can I obtain a criminal transcript?

The party requesting the transcript should contact the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court's Criminal Department in person or in writing. You must provide the date, defendant name, and the division of the hearing along with your contact information including address and phone number.

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Mortgage
1. Can you tell me who owns the property at a certain address?

No. We can only look up a piece of property by a person's name. The Parish Assessor's Office can look up property for you by the property's address. You can reach them at (225) 686-7278.

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Non Support
1. Can I get my court date continued?

If you are to appear in court concerning court costs only, the Non Support Minute Clerk of the Clerk's office may continue your case to another date. All other matters must go through the District Attorney's Support Enforcement Services. You can reach them at (225) 686-2837.

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2. How can I get my child support decreased?

The Clerk's office has a "Motion for Review of Child Support" form that you may fill-out to request that your child support payments be decreased. The cost to file this form is $100.00 plus Sheriff's fees.

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3. What is a civil contempt rule?

When a defendant has fallen behind in support payments they may be ordered back into court The proceeding is called a "civil contempt rule."

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