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The Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit has appellate jurisdiction as authorized under Article V, Section 5 of the Louisiana Constitution, which encompasses the parishes of Jefferson, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist. The Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit has supervisory jurisdiction, subject to the general supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, over all lower courts in all cases in which an appeal would extend to the court of appeal.

Records Custodian
Curtis B. Pursell
Clerk of Court
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
P.O. Box 489
Gretna, LA 70054
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(excludes holidays)


Announcements

 
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Mission Statement

T he mission of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal is to provide meaningful access to all who seek review under this Court's appellate and supervisory jurisdiction granted by the Louisiana Constitution, while protecting and promoting the rule of law, preserving the public trust, and using public resources efficiently.

Filing Fees and Copies

**Effective July 1, 2020**
   
Civil Appeal *+ $326.50
Civil Writ *+ $176.50
Application for Rehearing * $126.00
Answers to Appeal * $126.00
Motions on Unlodged Appeals $100.00
All Other Civil Motions $50.00
Motions for Extension of Time $50.00
Motions to Exceed Page Limitation $50.00
Copies of Opinions, Pleadings, etc., per page $2.00
Copy of Appellate Record on Disc $35.00
Late Fee for Filing Brief $100.00
Amicus Brief $100.00
*Includes $26.00 additional filing fee required by La. R.S. 13:10.3.
See also La. R.S. 13:352 and Local Rule 1.

+ Includes $0.50 filing fee required by 2016 Act No. 131 and La. R.S. 13:86 on all initial civil filings, effective August 1, 2016. Click for additional information regarding Act. 131.

NO FILING FEE FOR A TIMELY FILED APPEAL BRIEF.

APPELLATE RECORD MUST BE RETURNED WHEN BRIEF IS FILED!
NO EXHIBITS WILL BE CHECKED OUT TO ATTORNEYS!
ORAL ARGUMENT MAY BE REQUESTED BY LETTER!



  
All Briefs Original
Answer to Appeal Original
Application for Rehearings Original
Memo for Appeal Original
Motions, Extensions, etc. Original
Writ Application and Oppositions Original

Holiday Schedule

  
NEW YEAR'S DAY 1/1/2021
MLK DAY 1/18/2021
PRESIDENT'S DAY 2/15/2021
MARDI GRAS 2/16/2021
GOOD FRIDAY 4/2/2021
MEMORIAL DAY 5/31/2021
INDEPENDENCE DAY (OBSERVED) 7/5/2021
LABOR DAY 9/6/2021
COLUMBUS DAY 10/11/2021
ALL SAINTS DAY 11/1/2021
VETERANS DAY 11/11/2021
THANKSGIVING DAY 11/25/2021
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 11/26/2021
CHRISTMAS EVE 12/24/2021
NEW YEAR'S EVE 12/31/2021

Latest Published Opinions

**PLEASE NOTE: Any updates made to opinions today are posted to the website the next day.**

1 record(s) returned.  
Case # PDF Case Title
20-CA-395
Ruling Judge: Honorable Timothy S. Marcel
District Court #: 87,577
Lower Court: 29th Judicial District Court
Court Hearing: 03/04/2021 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: 'Appeal Dismissed' on 03/04/2021
RUDOLPH SANCHEZ VERSUS ANDRIYELL ONIDAS

Latest Docket

**PLEASE NOTE: Any updates made to the docket today are posted to the website the next day.**

8 record(s) returned.  
Case # Case Title
19-CA-310
Ruling Judge: Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals
District Court #: L00357
Lower Court: None Available
Attorney(s):
Robert J. Burvant, J. Grant Coleman & Timothy S. Madden, for Plaintiff-Appellant Russell J. Stutes, Jr. & Russell J. Stutes, III, for Defendant-Appellee
Court Hearing: 03/03/2021 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
PINNACLE POLYMERS, LLC VERSUS ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SALES AND USE TAX OFFICE
20-CA-292
Ruling Judge: Honorable E. Adrian Adams
District Court #: 763-241
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Honorable Paul D. Connick, Jr, Jody J. Fortunato, Lekita G. Robertson, & Blaine B. Moncrief, for Plaintiff-Appellant Roch P. Poelman, for Plaintiff-Appellee Avingnon M. Dugue' Lowery - In Proper Person, for Defendant-Appellee
Court Hearing: 03/03/2021 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
CLEMENT ARTHUR DUGUE', III VERSUS AVINGNON MARIE DUGUE'
20-CA-329
Ruling Judge: Hon. Shannon Bruno Bishop
District Court #: 18-4523
Lower Court: Office of Workers' Compensation, District 7
Attorney(s):
Galen M. Hair, Madison C. Pitre, David C. Spinner & John E. Bicknell, Jr., for Plaintiff-Appellant Michael Lucas - In Proper Person, for Defendant-Appellee
Court Hearing: 03/03/2021 at 02:30 PM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
RUVER MOYA VERSUS MICHAEL LUCAS
20-CA-358
Ruling Judge: Honorable Nancy A. Miller
District Court #: 649-380
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Galen M. Hair, Lauren E. Checki, Trent J. Moss, & Kristin M. Lausten for Plaintiff-Appellant Christopher S. Mann, & Michael A. Foley, for Defendant-Appellee Jeffrey A. Clayman, Mark C. Dodart, & Lillian M. Grappe, for Defendant-Appellee
Court Hearing: 03/04/2021 at 02:30 PM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
DANNY ALLDAY VERSUS NEWPARK SQUARE I OFFICE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC. AND HANOVER INSURANCE COMPANY
20-CA-371
Ruling Judge: Honorable Timothy S. Marcel
District Court #: 86,761
Lower Court: 29th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Louis G. Authement, for Plaintiff-Appellee Russell C. Monroe, for Intervenor-Appellant David S. Moyer, for Defendant-Appellee
Court Hearing: 03/04/2021 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
JESSICA SCHAUBHUT CORTEZ, ET AL VERSUS MARY A. SCHAUBHUT
20-CA-387
Ruling Judge: Honorable Frank A. Brindisi
District Court #: 784-683
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Jennifer C. Carter, for Plaintiff-Appellee Gary S. Brown, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 03/04/2021 at 01:00 PM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
MARY C. VINET VERSUS RUSSELL M. VINET
20-CA-395
Ruling Judge: Honorable Timothy S. Marcel
District Court #: 87,577
Lower Court: 29th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Nghana L. Gauff, & Joe Connelly, for Plaintiff-Appellant Andriyell Onidas - In Proper Person, for Defendant-Appellee Maria R. Treffinger, & George J. Higgins, Jr., for Defendant-Appellee
Court Hearing: 03/04/2021 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: 'Appeal Dismissed' on 03/04/2021
RUDOLPH SANCHEZ VERSUS ANDRIYELL ONIDAS
20-CA-439
Ruling Judge: Honorable June B. Darensburg
District Court #: 792-773
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Keith R. Credo, for Plaintiff-Appellee Christy M. Howley & M. Elizabeth Bowman, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 03/03/2021 at 01:00 PM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
LAUREN RANDAZZA VERSUS PIETRO M. GIACONA
8 record(s) returned.  
Case # Case Title
20-KA-141
Ruling Judge: Honorable E. Adrian Adams
District Court #: 17-7360
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Thomas J. Butler, for Plaintiff-Appellee Lieu T. Vo Clark, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/06/2021 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS BRANDON CORDELL MARTIN A.K.A. "B"
20-KA-172
Ruling Judge: Honorable Donald A. Rowan, Jr.
District Court #: 17-7
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Thomas J. Butler & Andrea F. Long, for Plaintiff-Appellee Kevin V. Boshea, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/07/2021 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS JONATHAN W. MANUEL A.K.A. "DUGGA"
20-KA-177
Ruling Judge: Honorable Raymond C. Bigelow
District Court #: 16-951
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Thomas J. Butler & Gail D. Schlosser, for Plaintiff-Appellee Jane L. Beebe, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/07/2021 at 02:30 PM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS ALCUS A. SMITH A.K.A. "BUG" A.K.A. "BULL"
20-KA-215
Ruling Judge: Honorable Stephen D. Enright, Jr.
District Court #: 19-1692
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Thomas J. Butler & Matthew R. Clauss, for Plaintiff-Appellee Bruce G. Whittaker, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/07/2021 at 01:00 PM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS SHINEDA N. TAYLOR
20-KA-221
Ruling Judge: Hon. Lee V. Faulkner, Jr.
District Court #: 19-494
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Thomas J. Butler & Andrea F. Long, for Plaintiff-Appellee Bertha M. Hillman, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/06/2021 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS TEREZ ARD
20-KA-323
Ruling Judge: Honorable Emile R. St. Pierre
District Court #: 18,16
Lower Court: 29th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Hon. Joel T. Chaisson, II & Louis G Authement, for Plaintiff-Appellee Gwendolyn K. Brown, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/06/2021 at 02:30 PM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS SYLVESTER HAYMAN
20-KA-388
Ruling Judge: Honorable Donald A. Rowan, Jr.
District Court #: 15-1798
Lower Court: 24th Judicial District Court
Attorney(s):
Thomas J. Butler & Andrea F. Lomg, for Plaintiff-Appellee Bruce G. Whittaker, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/07/2021 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom B
Oral Argument: Yes

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS JULIUS HANKTON
20-KA-428
Ruling Judge: Honorable J. Sterling Snowdy
District Court #: 19,136
Lower Court: 40th District Court
Attorney(s):
Honorable Bridget A. Dinvau & Justin B. Lacourt, for Plaintiff-Appellee Bertha M. Hillman, for Defendant-Appellant
Court Hearing: 04/06/2021 at 01:00 PM in Courtroom A
Oral Argument: No

Non-Published: 
Disposition: NONE AVAILABLE
STATE OF LOUISIANA VERSUS ARTHUR WILLIAMS, JR.

COURT FORMS

WRIT APPLICATION INTAKE FORM

In an effort to facilitate access for litigants, the Judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal have adopted an Intake Form to be used when litigants file a writ application with this Court. Our goal is to promote judicial efficiency, which leads to prompt consideration of pending matters.

By signing the Writ Application Intake Form, counsel for litigants certify that the Writ Application Intake Form meets the requirements of the Uniform Rules of the Courts of Appeal and the Fifth Circuit’s Local Rules.

Click for Writ Application Intake Form.

CRIMINAL PRO SE BRIEFING NOTICE

In all criminal appeals, counsel for the defendant shall complete the pro se briefing notice (Appendix A) issued by this office and attached to the notice of lodging and briefing order. Counsel shall attach the original completed pro se briefing form to a copy of the brief to be filed with this court and mail the notice and copy of the brief to the defendant. The date of notice and mailing to the defendant shall not be later than the date the brief is filed with this court.

A copy of the completed form shall also be attached to counsel’s brief and submitted to this court for filing within the briefing delays established by the clerk of court. Any brief submitted by counsel will be rejected by the clerk of court if a copy of the form is not attached to the brief at the time of its submission to this court or if the form is incomplete.

Adopted Jan. 20, 2009, effective Feb. 1, 2009.

Please click (English Version) or (Spanish Version) for the Pro Se Briefing Notice.

PRO SE BRIEFING MANUAL

Please click for a printable version of the Pro Se Manual.