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Lafayette City Court Building Closure and Availability of Limited Court Operations

The Lafayette City Court building will be closed to the public beginning at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Unless the closure is extended, the city court building is scheduled to resume its normal operation to the public beginning Monday, October 12, 2020.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 8:31 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2020 8:36 PM

The Lafayette City Court building will be closed to the public beginning at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Unless the closure is extended, the city court building is scheduled to resume its normal operation to the public beginning Monday, October 12, 2020. 

  • All persons having business with the City Court of Lafayette, LA can continue to file civil pleadings, evictions, criminal pleadings and other matters with the appropriate department via fax or U.S. Mail;
  • All civil pleadings, new petitions including new eviction proceeding, answers or other pleadings should be faxed to the court’s civil department at (337) 291-8771 in accordance with Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure Article 850;
  • All criminal/traffic motions or other filings should be faxed to the court’s criminal/traffic department at (337) 291-8774.
  • The court’s mailing address is Post Office Box 3344, Lafayette, Louisiana 70502-3344;
  • More information can be obtained by going to the Court’s website at https://www.citycourtlafayettela.org/Home.aspx.

The civil docket schedule for 9 a.m., Oct. 8, 2020 will be held as scheduled. All other sessions of court scheduled to be held after 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 are canceled and will be rescheduled by the court. As of this time, all court on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 and thereafter will be held as scheduled.

The Civil docket scheduled for Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. will be held as scheduled. All juvenile matters scheduled for Oct. 8 and all matters scheduled for Oct. 9 are canceled and will be reset. The court will send notice to the last address that was provided on file. It is the party’s responsibility to ensure that the court has a current address. If your address has changed, you must provide the new address in writing to the court by mail. The court’s mailing address is Post Office Box 3344, Lafayette, Louisiana 70502-3344. You must include your full name as it appears on your old notice, your docket number and your new address including city, state and zip code. You can also provide a contact number and email address. All efforts will be made to contact each party so the more information that you provide the better the chance of contact.

SOME TRAFFIC AND CRIMINAL FINES CAN BE PAID ON THE COURT’S WEBSITE

For those that have not yet used the online system, the judges remind those having traffic tickets that most traffic tickets and some resolved criminal fines can be paid on line by using the Court’s website, https://www.citycourtlafayettela.org/Home.aspx. A fee may apply to online payments. Traffic and criminal fines can also be paid by mail, (do not send cash) payable to City Court of Lafayette, and mailed to the court c/o Traffic Violations Bureau, Post Office Box 2086, Lafayette, Louisiana 70502. If your ticket is court mandatory, you will not be able to pay it online. Those matters will be reset by the court.

CONTACT INFORMATION (PHONES WILL NOT BE ANSWERED BY STAFF WHILE COURTHOUSE IS CLOSED)

  •  If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney;
  • If you are represented by the Public Defenders’ Office, please contact the attorney assigned to your case;
  • For civil and eviction matters, please call: (337) 291-8720, Option 3 or fax (337) 291-8771;
  • For criminal/traffic/OWI matters, please call: (337) 291-8720, Option 2 or fax (337) 291-8774;
  • For fine payment questions please call: (337) 291-8720, Option 1;
  • For juvenile delinquent/traffic matters please call: (337) 291-8720, Option 4 or fax (337) 291-8181;
  • For court service/probation/review hearing matters please call: (337) 291-8845 or fax (337) 291-8181; and
  • For any matter not listed here, including contact the Court Administrator at (337) 291-8720, Option 6.

Judges are prohibited to speak about cases to avoid possibility of conflict. Phone calls to Judges must come through Administration. Please call 337-291-8720 and select Option 6.

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