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Lafayette Courthouses

Last updated: December 19, 2013

The legal system used in Lafayette (and all of Louisiana) is unique in the U.S. in that it is primarily based on the French and Spanish civil codes, as opposed to English common law. The two main courthouses in Lafayette are the small-time City Court and big-time District Court, though each has specific divisions for particular types of cases. Furthermore, Lafayette has a federal courthouse too.

Knowing which court is appropriate for your particular issue is critical to your success, so here is a useful guide to some of the key courthouses in Lafayette.