COVID-19 Updates

*If you or anyone in your household are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are currently positive for COVID-19, or are under a quarantine order or recommendation due to COVID-19, call the division prior to coming to court.*

For more information on Video Conferencing

Any member of the media or the public who wishes to hear/observe a remote proceeding may email their request to the Court in advance of the hearing. The person requesting access should provide their name, the hearing they wish to hear/observe, and their contact information. Every effort will be made to provide the requestor with information on how they may hear/observe the proceeding.

Domestic Self Help Desk – Self Represented Litigants
Hotline: 504-881-1171

You can access Forms by selecting Forms on the left menu and scrolling to Domestic Self Help Desk

Legal Referral Resources 2021 for more information on a Live Event for Self Represented Litigants

Victim Registration

LAVNS (Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System) is a free, anonymous, computer-based service that provides victims of crime two important services: Information and Notification.


For defendant custody and court information, call 1-866-LAVNS-4-U and follow the prompts. Callers use basic information to search the LAVNS database. LAVNS will quickly provide the caller with offender status information, and will provide information on upcoming events and hearings.


Callers may choose to register for automatic notification through LAVNS. Registered persons will receive notification of any change in an offender’s status. Persons registered for court information will receive notification of any change of case status. Callers select the phone number(s) where they wish to be notified and a PIN (personal identification number) to be used to confirm receipt of the notification.

To locate an offender in a parish jail, state prison, or to register for notification, call the LAVNS hotline directly from a touch-tone phone. Once connected, follow the computer prompts given by the LAVNS system. During registration you will be asked to provide a telephone number and select a four-digit PIN. LAVNS is available in English, Spanish, French and Vietnamese. Offenders housed in a municipal jail facility may not be included in the LAVNS database.

LAVNS is designed to provide you with quick and easy access to offender information and to assist you in preparing for an offender’s release. DO NOT depend solely on LAVNS or any other program for your safety.

LAVNS is provided by the Office of the Governor, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and participating law enforcement agencies within Louisiana.