Louisiana City Courts
There are 46 city courts in Louisiana. These courts generally have concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in civil cases involving $15,000 or less. The city courts have replaced some of the Justice of the Peace and Mayor's Courts. Judges serve six-year terms.
The jurisdiction of the city courts includes:
- Criminal cases such as city ordinance violations (not punishable by hard labor) and preliminary examinations of criminal cases
- Civil cases where the disputed amount is between $5,000 and $20,000 (except in tutorship, curatorship, emancipation, partition proceedings, and cases where parish courts have no jurisdiction)
- Juvenile cases (except in parishes with separate juvenile courts)
They may have a Small Claims division as well.