Frequently Asked Questions

General Court Questions



Jury Questions



General Court Services Questions



Election Questions


Q. What are the court hours of operation?

For court hours of operation, please click here.

Q. Where can I park at court?

For parking information, please click here.

Q. What will the court do in case of an emergency, such as a hurricane evacuation?

In case of an emergency, such as a hurricane evacutation, the Criminal Court will follow emergency procedures. For emergency procedure information, please click here.

Q. Where can I get driving directions?

To obtain driving directions to the court, please click here.

Q. What time do I need to report in?

Jurors need to report in by 8:30 AM on the day of the notice.

Q. Where can I park; is parking provided?

Lot #1 is located at “Standard Parking” on the corner of S. Broad Street and Gravier Street by the Old Falstaff Brewery.

Lot #2 is located on the corner of Gravier Street and S. White Street by the District Attorney’s Office.

Parking is available on the 3rd and 4th levels of the Tulane Tower Office Building, located at 2601 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119.

To view a map for parking, please click here.

Q. How do I become eligible for jury duty?

One must be 18 yrs. of age or older
One must be a citizen of the United States
One must reside in the Parish of Orleans
One must be able to communicate in the English language
One must not have been convicted of a felony and must have had their civil rights restored.

Q. What do I do when I receive a summons for jury duty?

One must fill out their jury summons completely and report to the jury office on the date requested.

Q. Can I be excused from jury duty?

The law (C.Cr.P. Article 401) states that a person is qualified to serve as a juror unless that person:
1. Is less than 18 years of age
2. Is not a citizen of the United States
3. Is not a resident of the Parish in which he/she has been summoned to serve
4. Is not a able to communicate in the English language; or
5. Has been convicted of a felony and has not had his/her civil rights restored.

Q. If I am picked to sit on a jury, how long will it take?

Once one is picked for a jury they are under the jurisdiction of the courts. It depends if all parties involved are present, the type of case and how many witnesses are involved.

Q. Will I be required to continue to report for jury duty even if I am selected to sit on a jury?

One must continue to report for jury duty even if they are selected to sit on a jury until one has completed all days on their schedule.

Q. Could I be sequestered while serving on a jury?

The only time one may be sequestered while serving on a jury is on a 1st degree murder case. These types of cases are rare, but sometimes they do occur.

Q. Will I be compensated for jury service?

One will be compensated $10.00 per day only if one is chosen to serve on a jury trial that requires a verdict.

Q. How soon after serving do I become eligible for jury duty again?

One may become eligible for jury service again (2) two years after completion of jury service.

Q. I need to get drug tested. What do I need to do?

For all information regarding drug testing, such as hour of operation, and test cost, please click here.

Q. Where can I find information pertaining to elections?

For all information regarding elections, including upcoming election dates, poll comissioner information, and the Elections Division of the Clerk of Court, please click here.