CITY COURT OFFICE
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
City Court Judge
Honorable Fred S. Gahagan
Shenita Goston - Chief Deputy Clerk
Susan Cloutier - Deputy Clerk
Debbie Tebbetts - Deputy Clerk
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.
Guide to Practice
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.
Please be advised that the Supreme Court’s Uniform Forms Committee for Louisiana City and Parish Courts has posted a set of general, non-mandatory forms on the Information for Self-Represented Litigants page (link) on the Supreme Court’s website to assist both attorneys and self-represented litigants in city and parish courts statewide. These forms are basic templates of some – not all – forms commonly used in limited jurisdiction courts.
Civil Filing Fees
|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|
The following dates have been designated legal holidays and all court offices will be closed thereon.
|January 1st||Wednesday||New Years Day|
|January 20th||Monday||Martin Luther King|
|February 17th||Monday||Presidents Day|
|February 25th||Tuesday||Mardi Gras|
|April 10th||Friday||Good Friday|
|May 25th||Monday||Memorial Day|
|July 3rd||Friday||Independence Day|
|September 7th||Monday||Labor Day|
|November 3rd||Tuesday||General Election Day|
|November 11th||Wednesday||Veterans Day|
|November 26th||Thursday||Thanksgiving Day|
|November 27th||Friday||Day After Thanksgiving|
|December 24th||Thursday||Christmas Eve Holiday|
|December 25th||Friday||Christmas Holiday|
|December 31st||Thursday||New Year's Eve Holiday|
|January 1, 2021||Friday||New Year's Day|
**We will be closed on any day that the governor has proclaimed a legal holiday pursuant to R.S. 1:55 (B) (3) **
ALL HOLIDAYS OBSERVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH R.S. 1:55 E (1)(a)(i)(ii)(b)
THE ABOVE HOLIDAYS WILL BE OBSERVED BY THE CLERK OF COURT'S OFFICE.
- Additionally, each clerk of a district court, parish court, and city court shall close his office on all of the legal holidays provided on any day that the governor has proclaimed a legal holiday pursuant to R. S. 1:55(B)(3).
- Additionally, each clerk of a district court, parish court, and city court may close his office on any day an emergency situation has been declared by the governor or the local governing authority and governmental entities, including the courthouse, have been ordered to close pursuant to R. S. 1:55(E)1(b)
- If a proclamation is issued the Association office will post it on this website or you may obtain a copy from www.gov.state.la.us pursuant to R. S. 1:55(E)1(c)