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The guide is meant to help someone who is not represented by a lawyer understand the general rules and procedures of a civil court case in Louisiana. It is not a complete guide to the law nor does it discuss every issue or aspect of the law that may affect your case.


This information is not meant to replace State laws or Court Rules. The purpose of this guide is to give general information and make it easier to represent yourself in court.  You have a right to represent yourself in court, but it comes with the responsibility to follow certain court rules and procedures.


The guide will help you with issues concerning civil court procedure by:

  • Answering questions on court procedure in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below;

  • Preparing forms for you on court procedure in the "Forms Available" section;

  • Explaining the steps for court procedure in the "Instructions" section attached to the form;

  • Giving you more information about how to proceed with your case while delaying court fees in the "Related Links" section; and

  • Helping you find a lawyer in the "Find an Attorney/Community Resources" section.


*In order to file with the Clerk of Court, forms must be printed out and filled in completely. If you are unable to do this, or do not have access to a printer, you can visit your local library for assistance. For more assistance locating a library, click here.

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