Last updated: October 18, 2013
It’s easy to get lost in New Orleans if you don’t know the city. The streets are so convoluted and the Mississippi River winds around so many times that the cardinal directions start to lose all meaning. However, if you’re looking for a courthouse in city and are feeling lost, you’re in luck. Below is a helpful guide to the courthouses of New Orleans. New Orleans hosts courts of all levels, city, state and federal. City courts include the New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Courts. There are also three Orleans Parish courts: two parish courts for civil cases and one for criminal cases. New Orleans also has the distinction of housing both the Court of Appeals for the Fourth District of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of Louisiana, the highest court in the state. Additionally, if you’re looking for federal courts, New Orleans contains a U.S. District Court, a bankruptcy court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Both the First and Second City Courts hear civil lawsuits up to $25,000 and small claims suits up to $5000 as well as certain eviction disputes. The Orleans Parish Juvenile Court is also located at this courthouse.
Both the First and Second City Courts hear civil lawsuits up to $25,000 and small claims suits up to $5000 as well as certain eviction disputes.
The Criminal Court hears criminal cases arising in Orleans Parish.
The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit hears appellate cases from the Parish of Orleans and seven other Louisiana parishes.
The Louisiana Supreme Court is the state's highest court. It hears certain appellate cases, cases involving the misconduct of Louisiana-licensed attorneys, and cases involving whether a state law is constitutional.
The District Court hears cases involving federal law or parties from multiple states. The New Orleans Bankruptcy Court is also located at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in Suite B-601.
The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit hears cases that are appealed from U.S. district courts in the Fifth Circuit.
The Executive Office for Immigration Review hosts immigration courts in most U.S. cities and hears cases involving violations of U.S. immigration law.