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Criminal and Traffic

Criminal Department

The Criminal Department is responsible for filing all formal charges from the District Attorney’s Office.

The department handles all felony charges for crimes that occur in Livingston Parish. It also handles misdemeanor charges and traffic citations that occur outside the city limits of the municipal courts. For example, if you receive a traffic citation or a misdemeanor charge within the city limits of a municipality such as Denham Springs, you must go to Denham Springs to either pay or appear in city court on the violation.

The Criminal Department issues criminal subpoenas as well as criminal and civil bench warrants. It also conducts criminal background searches.

The Criminal Department also files all Juvenile Delinquent and Child(ren) in Need of Care petitions. All juvenile records are confidential; only an officer of the Court may view them without a specific court order signed by a judge.

Minute Clerks

There are eleven minute clerks – one for each of the nine District Judges; one for the district’s Hearing Officer; and one for the parish traffic division. Minute Clerk duties include:


  • Keep and transcribe the minutes of each court session
  • Administer the oath to witnesses and jurors
  • Record all documents and exhibits offered in open court
  • Send out notices of judgments rendered in open court to all affected parties
  • Maintain all dockets (criminal and civil)
  • Prepare all appeals (civil or criminal)
  • Send out notices of pretrial conferences to all parties
  • Prepare and process all attachments

21st Judicial District Court Judges and Staff

Judicial Administrator

Bo Coxen
Chambers—Livingston: 225-686-7461
Chambers—Amite: 985-748-9445

Division A

Judge: Jeff Johnson
Secretary: Donna Bradberry
Court Reporter: Beverly Wesley
Minute Clerk: Robin Easterly

Division B

Judge: Charlotte Foster
Secretary: Vicky Herring
Court Reporter: Sharon Leroy
Minute Clerk: Leslie Duplessie

Division C

Judge: Erika Sledge
Court Reporter: Lyn Tedder
Minute Clerk: Gina Cook
Livingston Contact: Jena Johes

Division D

Judge: Brian K. Abels
Secretary: Ashley Cain
Court Reporter: Belinda Amerson
Minute Clerk: Lauren May

Division E

Judge: Brenda Bedsole Ricks
Secretary: Jessica Dupepe
Court Reporter: Danielle Ray
Minute Clerk: Keli Hayden

Division F

Judge: William Dykes
Secretary: Belinda Zeigler
Court Reporter: Christina Carter
Minute Clerk: Olivia Rand

Division I

Judge: Blair Edwards
Secretary: Trinell Dortch
Court Reporter: Amy Sanders
Minute Clerk: Deanna Corkern

Division J

Judge: Jeff Cashe
Secretary: Lauri Bankston
Court Reporter: Patsy Tunnard
Minute Clerk: Brittany Stewart

Division K

Judge: Jeff Oglesbee
Secretary: Ivy Templet
Court Reporter: Claire Coburn
Minute Clerk: Magan Smiley
Law Clerk: Clay Parker

Division P

Judge: William J. Burris
Secretary: Misty Jenkins
Court Reporter: Amanda Wildey
Minute Clerk: Taylor Smith / Lindsey Trabeaux


Minute Clerk: Tracey Arnold

Hearing Officers

Hearing Officer 1: Patricia Hicks
Hearing Officer 2: Jay Futrell
Secretary: Misty Jenkins
Court Reporter: Glenda Zeigler
Minute Clerk: Julie Chaney

Criminal Duty

Court Reporter: Amanda Wildey

Adult Drug Court

Coordinator: Rebecca Corkern Kennedy
Case Manager—Livingston: Chris Liuzza

Juvenile Services

Director: Sonja Smith
985-747-8835 or 225-686-1060
Drug Court Coordinator: Sonja Smith

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