Judicial District Court COVID-19 Notice & Courthouse Update

Posted: Mar 16, 2020, 3:56 PM

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Louisiana and across the nation, the 26th Judicial District Court encompassing Bossier and Webster parishes has issued a General Order affecting court activities.

Beginning Thursday, March 19 at 8 a.m. and continuing through Friday, April 10 until 5 p.m., the General Order mandates that all jury trials, both civil and criminal, will be continued and will be reconvened by Order.

Also, all grand jury proceedings in the 26th Judicial District are continued and will be reset by Order. All criminal trials, hearings and court appearances will be continued and will be reset by Order or notice from the District Attorney. Exceptions include initial appearances (72 hour hearings), arraignments for incarcerated persons only and bond hearings.

According to the Order, all hearings for incarcerated individuals will be via video unless otherwise directed by the Court.

At the Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton, it’s business as usual in all departments but precautions are being taken to safeguard employees and persons who must come to the courthouse.

Bossier Parish Police Jury maintenance workers are disinfecting common areas (bathrooms, hallways, etc.) and offices daily. Offices have been supplied with sanitary handwipes and hand sanitizer for both employee and public use.

Parish officials have asked that no large groups of individuals visit the courthouse until further notice, and suggest that persons use their phones, the parish web site and other social media to conduct business they may have with the parish.

All departments of the parish police jury remain fully staffed and day-to-day activities have not been restricted, but common sense precautions have been implemented to protect employees and the public with whom they may come in contact.