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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SHREVEPORT CITY COURT JUDGES

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Shreveport City Court Changes Traffic Citation Procedure

Due to COVID-19, Shreveport City Court has made changes to the way it handles traffic citations.  The Court recognizes the many challenges the pandemic has caused for the citizens of Shreveport. To mitigate some of these difficulties for our citizens, Shreveport City Court has adopted changes to our court schedules and our business practices regarding traffic citations.

Beginning immediately, law enforcement issuing traffic citations within the jurisdiction of Shreveport City Court will now provide citizens with a date approximately three months after the violation date.  That date will no longer be a court date, but a deadline by which the citizen must address their traffic citation with the court. 

Citizens will have the following options to handle that citation prior to the deadline date. 

1. Citizens may pay the fine(s) and cost(s) of the violation in full without appearing in court.  This can be done online, 24 hours a day at www.shreveportlatix.com or appear in person at the violation bureau at Shreveport City Court between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. 

2. Citizens who wish to contest their citation at trial MUST call Shreveport City Court at (318) 673-5830 to schedule a court date. The citizen will be given options to select a Monday morning, Friday morning and Friday afternoon as a court date.

3. Citizens who do not wish to contest their citations at trial or who are cited for a violation deemed COURT MANDATORY, as listed on the back of the citation, may attend any night court session on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 PM at Shreveport City Court. No trials will be held during night court sessions.

 Citizens who received a citation with a court date which is on or after July 1, 2020, that date is no longer a court appearance date.  It is now the deadline date by which citizens must address the citation with the court using the options as detailed in numbers 1-3 above.

For citizens who fail to pay the citation or schedule a court date by the deadline date on the citation, a warrant may be issued for their arrest.

Benefits

The benefits for the citizens of the City of Shreveport from these changes are wide ranging.

The average amount of time a citizen has to handle their traffic matters has more than doubled.  This change will immediately give these citizens 12 weeks to budget and prepare for potential financial costs associated with the citation.

Citizens will no longer be locked into a court date given at the time of the offense.  Flexibility in scheduling their own date with the court or attending any of the weekly night court sessions should alleviate many concerns they may have regarding work, appointments or travel schedules.

The reduction of Traffic dockets during the daily schedule for the Court will decrease the number of citizens required to enter the courthouse.  This will provide considerable relief to overcrowding issues related to social distancing requirements.

By freeing up court resources on Traffic dockets, the Court may now utilize those resources to more efficiently process the influx of civil matters which have been on hold for several months.  This should reduce waiting times for court dates for all citizens and business owners utilizing Shreveport City Court.

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The Shreveport City Court consists of four elected judges and their support staff. The court comprises several divisions which provide the necessary support to the judges, the legal community, and the citizens of Shreveport in Ward 4. Shreveport City Court has jurisdiction over all violations of city ordinances and concurrent jurisdiction over state misdemeanor cases. The court also has jurisdiction over civil matters, evictions, and matters involving peace bonds.

Shreveport City Court Judges


  • Division A - Emily S. Merckle
  • Division B - Judge Brian H. Barber, Sr.
  • Division C - Chief Judge Pammela Lattier
  • Division D - Judge Sheva M. Sims

Guide To Practice


In order to assist litigants and attorneys using the Shreveport City Court, the court has created a Guide to Practice. This document is not meant to be a definitive statement of the law nor may it be cited to the court as support for any position. This document is merely a tool to be utilized to assist litigants and attorneys in access to the court. Legal citations are provided to assist litigants and attorneys in their quest to determine applicable law and procedure.


Holidays Observed


The following dates have been designated legal holidays and all court offices will be closed thereon.
Friday January 1, 2021
New Year's
Monday
January 18, 2021
Martin Luther King’s Day
Monday
February 15, 2021
President's Day
Tuesday February 16, 2021 Mardi Gras
Friday
April 2, 2021
Good Friday
Monday
May 31, 2021
Memorial Day
Monday July 5, 2021
Independence Day
Monday
September 6, 2021
Labor Day
Monday
November 1, 2021
All Saint's Day
Thursday November 11, 2021 Veterans' Day
Thursday
November 25, 2021
Thanksgiving
Friday November 26, 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday December 24, 2021 Christmas Eve
Friday December 31, 2021 New Year's Eve