The Louisiana Supreme Court is the highest court in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana also has five intermediary courts of appeal called Circuit Courts, each covering a different group of Parishes. The justices of the Supreme Court as well as the Circuit Courts are all elected officials who serve ten-year terms.
The Circuit Courts have appellate jurisdiction over all civil matters, all family and juvenile court matters, and most criminal cases. The Circuit Courts also have supervisory jurisdiction to review interlocutory orders and decrees matters before the district courts within their geographical circuits. The Louisiana Circuit Courts are able to review questions of fact and law in civil cases, but only questions of law in criminal cases.
Appeals from the Circuit Courts are brought to the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Supreme Court also has exclusive appellate jurisdiction over certain matters, and has original jurisdiction over other narrow matters.
The following is a list of contact info and links for each of Louisiana’s courts of appeal: