Louisiana Criminal Records

  • Louisiana has 4,670,724 total people (FBI, 2015).
  • Louisiana is the 26th largest state by population.

Court System

  • The District Courts have original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters.
  • The Mayor's Courts are courts that have jurisdiction to try violations of municipal ordinances.
  • The Justice of the Peace Courts have jurisdiction in civil matters when the amount in dispute does not exceed $5,000 and they can also perform marriages.
  • The Parish Courts have jurisdiction over criminal offenses punishable by a fine of $1,000 or less and also have concurrent jurisdiction with the District Courts on cases up to $20,000.
  • The City Courts deals with civil claims such as personal injury, contract, and small claims cases of $5,000 or less. They also have criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors and offenses whose punishment does not exceed $1,000. Lastly they also deal with traffic matters.
  • The Juvenile and Family Courts are courts whose specialty is dealing with kids under the age of seventeen or family problems.
  • The Courts of Appeal will accept appeals from a defendant is not satisfied with the circuit court's ruling. They have jurisdiction over all civil matters, all matters appealed from the juvenile and family courts, and most criminal cases.
  • The Supreme Court has supervisory jurisdiction over all of the lower courts. In civil cases, this court re-considers the law and facts when hearing appeals and in criminal matters, its jurisdiction extends only to questions of the interpretation of law.

Crime Statistics for Louisiana (FBI, 2015)

Crime Category Reported Cases National Rank
Violent Crime 25,208 34th / 51 (High)
Murder 481 38th / 51 (High)
Rape 1,723 26th / 51 (Moderate)
Robbery 5,550 33rd / 51 (High)
Aggravated Assault 17,454 36th / 51 (High)
Property Crime 156,629 34th / 51 (High)
Burglary 35,453 37th / 51 (High)
Larceny Theft 111,435 33rd / 51 (High)
Motor Vehicle Theft 9,741 26th / 51 (Moderate)