City Court

In response to Governor John Bel Edwards lifting the Stay at Home Order, Baton Rouge City Court will be open to the public to conduct in-person proceedings on all matters. Among other things, the public will be allowed to attend in-person court hearings, pay fines & fees in person, and to file civil pleadings in person. The court will also be open to the public for drug screens, to pay and handle outstanding bench warrants, to obtain extensions, and to visit the onsite OMV office. However, due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a limited number of persons will be allowed in the courthouse. As a result, we continue to encourage the public to visit the Baton Rouge City Court’s website to pay fines & fees online or by telephone and to utilize fax filing for civil cases. Our civil fax filing number is (225) 389-5260 and traffic fines can be paid via our website at www.batonrougecitycourtpay.com or by calling (225) 367-2338. All persons entering the courthouse will be required to wear a mask and submit to an infrared thermometer check. While in the Courthouse, strict adherence to the court’s social distancing guidelines will be required. Only individuals with court business will be allowed inside the courthouse, unless an individual is being accompanied by a caregiver or an interpreter. No exceptions.

 At this time, all City Court traffic violations that do not involve an accident will be eligible to be reduced and amended to a non-moving violation. Non-moving means it does not affect your driving record or your insurance policy. The fine for a non-moving violation will be $124.00 per violation. This is only available for people whose court date has not passed. Please call (225) 389-3119, or email us at cptraffic@brla.gov to take advantage of this.

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Baton Rouge City Court is a municipal court of record created in 1900 by La. R.S 13:2071, and extended by the Plan of Government. This court processes civil, criminal, and traffic matters. Civil claims include, but are not limited to, personal injury, contract, and landlord-tenant cases up to $35,000, as well as small-claims cases of $5,000 or less.

The Court maintains criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors that are offenses generally punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or a jail term of not more than six months. All fines, costs, and forfeitures levied by the judges are collected by the Clerk’s Office and deposited into the City-Parish general fund.

Mission

The mission of the Court is to fairly and impartially facilitate the administration of justice and to promote public confidence and trust by protecting and safeguarding individual rights and liberties.

We pledge to develop, institute, and maintain policies and practices which support this mission and furnish access to this Court by all persons.

COURTHOUSE RULES
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