About Louisiana Courts:
The jurisdiction of the
Supreme Court in civil cases considers both the law and the facts when hearing appeals. In criminal
matters, its' jurisdiction extends only to questions of the proper interpretation of laws. A case may be appealed to the Supreme Court
if a law under which a person was convicted has been declared unconstitutional or if the defendant has been convicted of a capital
offense and a death penalty has been imposed.
The Court of Appeal has jurisdiction of all civil matters, all matters appealed from family and juvenile courts, and most criminal
cases that are triable by a jury. A court of appeal also has the jurisdiction to review and supervise cases which are heard within its'
District Court has original jurisdiction of all civil and criminal matters. It is the exclusive original jurisdiction of felony
cases and of most cases involving property.
Criminal cases against those younger than age seventeen are referred to Juvenile Court. The legislature may provide laws for
exceptions to this rule for serious cases such as murder, rape, kidnapping, drug dealing, and armed robbery.
Louisiana Supreme Court
400 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130