By law, this office collects all court costs. The filing fee consists of the separate fees of several agencies incorporated into one. The advance-deposit, $365.00 filing fee is distributed as follows to the following agencies:
|Court Reporter Fee (La. R.S. 13:967(I)||$50.00|
|Judicial Building Fund (La. R.S. 13.995.1(A))||$49.00|
|Clerk of Court’s Office (Filing Fees)||$81.00|
|Louisiana Judges’ Supplemental Compensation Fund|
(La. R.S. 13:10.3(C))
|Judicial Expense Fund (La. R.S. 13:994(A))||$15.00|
|Agent of Service||$20.00|
|**Advance Deposit against future costs (refundable)||$140.50|
|(Based on a typical Petition for Damages with 1 service and petition of average length)|
*Any unused portion of this deposit is refunded at the termination of the litigation.
This office receives for itself only a small portion (22% – 25%) of the filing fee, and it serves as the collection agent for the courts, the Sheriff, and the State. We thus provide a service not only to those agencies, but to litigants as well: The procedure allows attorneys to write one check instead of several for each case. Rest assured that I share your concern about the potential for rising court costs and will do everything I can to control them.
Jon A. Gegenheimer
Clerk of Court, Jefferson Parish
Office hours for all three locations are 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.