314 Amulet Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
318-352-6666 Phone
318-352-6767 Fax Email


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

Clerk/Court Administrator
Rhonda Roge'

Deputy Clerks
Shenita Goston - Chief Deputy Clerk
Susan Cloutier - Deputy Clerk
Debbie Tebbetts - Deputy Clerk

City Court

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 $10.00
Filing Answer and Reconventional Demand or Third Party Demand  $250.00
Filing Petition for Garnishment   $150.00
Filing Eviction $175.00
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


Holidays Observed

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) **





  1. 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).
  2. 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)
  3. If a proclamation is issued the Association office will post it on this website or you may obtain a copy from pursuant to R. S. 1:55(E)1(c)