The Natchitoches City Court presides over Civil, Criminal, Traffic and Juvenile cases. Civil claims include personal injury, contract, and landlord-tenant cases up to $25,000. The Court also has criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors that are offenses generally punishable by a fine of not more than $500 and/or a jail term of not more than six months. All fines, costs, and forfeitures levied by the judges are collected by the Natchitoches Police Department and City Marshal.
The Natchitoches City Court is located at 314 Rue Amulet. The court is open on all weekdays except holidays (listed below). The clerk's office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday.
In order to assist litigants and attorneys using the Natchitoches City Court, the court has created this "Guide to Practice". This document is not meant to be a definitive statement of the law nor may it be cited to the court as support for any position. This document is merely a tool to be utilized to assist litigants and attorneys in access to the court. Legal citations are provided to assist litigants and attorneys in their quest to determine applicable law and procedure.
The following dates have been designated legal holidays and all court offices will be closed thereon.
314 Amulet Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
City Court Judge
Honorable Fred S. Gahagan
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
|Filing New Suit||$250.00|
|Each Additional Defendant||$50.00|
|Filing Answer and Reconventional Demand or Third Party Demand||$250.00|
|Filing Petition for Garnishment||$150.00|
|Filing New Suit Less Than $1,000.00||$135.00|
|Issuing Writ of Fieri Facias||$50.00|
|Issuing Subpoena or Subpoena Duces Tecum||$50.00|
|Motion to Examine Judgment Debtor or Motion for Summary Judgment||$65.00|