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Filing Fee Schedule.
3., 4. Repealed
5. Briefing Time.
6. Notice of
7. Filing Fees for Motions and Answers to Appeal
9. Fee for Copies of or Faxes of Opinion or Parts of the Record.
Deposit for Cost of Mailing.
11. Filing Fee in all criminal cases and in all proceedings connected with
Facsimile or Email Filing Rules.
13. Motions to dismiss in criminal
14. Writs; notification of status of case.
15. Assignments of error: Criminal Cases.
16. Criminal matters: Certificate of service.
17. Filing Fee for Motion to Exceed Page Limitation.
18. Additional Preparation of Briefs.
19. Filing of Opposition/Reply Briefs to Supervisory Writ Applications
20. Filing Fee for Filing Amicus Briefs
21. Filing Fee for Miscellaneous Motions
22. Special Expedited Process for Disaster-Related Cases
Oral Argument on Writ Grant
24. Filing Corresponding CD-ROM Briefs
Brief In Support of Rehearing
26. Filing Documents -
27. Time To File Amicus Curiae Briefs
28. Appellate Record Request by E-mail or CD
Appendix A. Civil Jurisdictional Index
Appendix B. Criminal Jurisdictional Index
Appendix C. City Court Jurisdictional Index
Appendix D. Workers' Compensation Jurisdictional Index
Appendix E. Pro Se Briefing Notice to Defendant
Appendix F. Juvenile Jurisdictional Index
Filing Fee Schedule
For current filing fees, contact the Clerk of Court or look at
Court Information on this website.
The conference of the judges of the Court of Appeal-third
Circuit, has voted to begin July 1, 1987, to strictly enforce Uniform
Rules-Courts of Appeal 2-12.6, and in particular the last sentence thereof,
which provides that “No further briefs may be filed except by leave of court.”
2-12.6 Reply Brief. The appellant may file a reply brief if he
has timely filed an original brief but it shall be strictly confined to rebuttal
of points urged in the appellee’s brief. No further briefs may be filed except
by leave of court. Effective July 1, 1987.
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Internal Rule 1.
When the appellant has not filed a timely brief, the appellee is
hereby automatically granted an extension of twenty
(20) days from the date the appellant files a brief with this court within
which to file a timely appellee brief or a supplemental appellee brief.
Amended May 28, 1997, effective June 1, 1997.
2. Special Summary Docket
A special docket is created for those appeals, which qualify for summary
disposition. Uniform Rules, Courts of Appeal, Rule 2-11.3. Summary docket cases
are those which involve limited issues, or which are governed by
well-established and well-recognized rules of law.
A panel of three judges will be drawn to preside over the special
docket each month. This will be in addition to their individual duties and
responsibilities under the regular docket of the court. The panel will preside
over the special docket for two days during the month, scheduling 12 cases for
each of the two-day sittings. Oral argument of not more than 10 minutes per side
will be allowed. Each case will be allotted to one judge who will be responsible
for reporting the case after argument.
Counsel who have
previously requested and been granted permission to orally argue, will be
permitted to reaffirm their desire to present oral argument. If oral argument is
desired, it must be requested within ten (10) days of the receipt of notice that
the case is being placed on the Special Summary Docket. Request for oral
argument by one side does not, unlike the rules pertaining to the regular
docket, preserve oral argument for the other side. Each side must separately
request oral argument.
Counsel are to be notified at least 30 days before the case is scheduled for
hearing. They shall be notified that the case will be heard on the special
docket. Counsel who have previously requested and been granted permission to
argue, shall be permitted to reaffirm their desire to present oral arguments.
All counsel may be instructed that if their previously filed brief exceeds ten
page in length, they may be instructed to file a memorandum of argument which
summarizes their previously filed brief, no less than ten days before the
scheduled hearing date.
The ultimate decision as to whether to treat a special docket case summarily,
i.e., by per curiam or memorandum opinion disposition, will be made by two of
the three judges on the special docket panel. If, after hearing, a special
docket case is found to be unsuitable for expedited disposition, it will
nevertheless be heard, but as a regularly processed appeal instead of a special
Following each day of argument, the three judge panel will hold a conference on
the cases docketed for that day and make a disposition of each case. The form of
the opinion by means of which the court’s decision is expressed will be either a
memorandum, as described in Uniform Rules, Courts of Appeal, Rule 2-16.1(a)(2)
and (b)(2) or per curiam, as described in Rule 2-16.1(a)(3).
The above procedural rules apply to both civil and criminal appeals.
Adopted effective March 1, 1992.
Internal Rules 3, and 4 Repealed May 28, 1997, effective June1, 1997.
Internal Rule 5.
During the pendency of a motion to dismiss an appeal, or a rule
to show cause issued by the court, the court may, on it own motion or on motion
of any party to suit, suspend briefing time.
Adopted effective November 1, 1992.
6. Notice of Settlement.
In every civil case it shall be the duty of the attorney for the
appellant, or if in proper person, the appellant, to notify this court
immediately of a settlement of the case, and to provide this court within a
reasonable time thereafter, not more than thirty days from date of settlement,
with a written Motion to Dismiss the Appeal. Failure to conform to this rule
will subject the appellant’s attorney or the appellant to sanctions. Adopted
effective January 20, 1993.
Internal Rule 7. Filing Fees for Motions and Answers to Appeal.
The filing fee for a Motion for Extension of Time shall be in the amount of Fifty Dollars. The extension shall not exceed ten days unless good cause is shown.
The filing fee for a Motion to Exceed Page Limitation shall be in the amount of Fifty Dollars. The page limitation shall not exceed the maximum of ten pages in excess of the original page limitation.
The filing fee for an Amicus Brief shall be in the amount of One Hundred Dollars.
The filing of a Motion to Continue or refix Oral Argument shall be in the amount of One Hundred Dollars.
The filing fee for any motion relating to an unlodged appeal, or unlodged writ application shall be in the amount of One Hundred Dollars.
The filing fee in connection with a miscellaneous motion not mentioned above shall be in the amount of Fifty Dollars. Examples would be a Motion to Enroll, Motion to Remand, Motion for Stay, Motion for Expedited Consideration, Motion to Strike, Motion to Consolidate, etc.
The fee for filing an Answer to the Appeal shall be One Hundred Dollars.
Adopted effective October 15, 2015.
8. Jurisdictional Index
The clerk of each trial court in the parishes of this circuit
shall include in the record of each appeal to this court the applicable
jurisdictional index in the form shown as
Jurisdictional Index, as
Jurisdictional Index, as
Appendix C--City Court Jurisdictional Index as
Compensation Jurisdictional Index, and as
– Juvenile Jurisdictional Index.
The Jurisdictional Index
required by this rule is in addition to the indices required by Rule 2-1.4,
Adopted effective April
1, 1993; amended May 28, 1997, effective June 1, 1997; amended May 26, 2004,
effective May 26, 2004.
Internal Rule 9. Fee for Copies of or Faxes of Opinion or Parts of the Record.
The fee for copies of opinions or parts of the record made by the
clerk shall be one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per page. A fee of two dollars
($2.00) per page shall be charged for all material sent by fax.
Internal Rule 10. Deposit for Cost of Mailing
In every civil appeal, the clerk of the trial court shall collect
and forward to the clerk of the court of appeal, in addition to the filing fee
for the appeal, the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) to defray the cost of mailing
notices by the Court of Appeal. In every civil writ, the Clerk of the Court of
Appeal shall collect, in addition, to the filing fee for the writ, the sum of
$10.00 to defray the cost of mailing of notices by the Court of Appeal.
Adopted effective February 15, 1993; amended effective November
Internal Rule 11. Filing fee in all criminal cases and in all proceedings
connected with criminal cases.
In all criminal cases, in all proceedings connected with criminal
cases, and in all appeals taken from sentences imposed for the violation of
municipal or parochial ordinances, the entire cost to the clerk shall be fifty
Adopted February 15, 1993.
Rule 12. Facsimile or Email Filing Rules.
“Facsimile filing” or “filing by fax” means the facsimile transmission of
a document to this court for filing with this court. “Email filing” means the electronic transmission of a document to this court for filing with this court.
Facsimile or email filing will only be accepted by this court in the case of an
“Emergency writ” is defined as a situation where a trial court sets a
return date that would otherwise bar a party from completing a timely filing
with this court due to geographic distance from this office, or where the time
frame is such that if the party could physically deliver the filing timely, the
court would be burdened with undue time restraints in considering the
application and rendering an order.
NO filing will be accepted without prior contact with the
clerk’s office to advise the nature of the emergency, request authority to
proceed with the fax or email filing and notification of the approximate time of
All filings must be complete and in compliance with the Uniform Rules of
Courts of Appeal at the time of transmission.
Additionally, any facsimile or email filing must be sequentially numbered, beginning
with the first page of the writ application and ending with the last page of the
facsimile transmittal or email.
Once an application is received by fax or email, any responses or oppositions by
opposing counsel may also be received by the same method.
A facsimile filing shall be accompanied by a facsimile cover sheet.
The cover sheet shall be the first page transmitted and clearly identify the
sender by name, fax number, and voice telephone number.
It should also identify the documents being transmitted by caption and matter
and the number of pages. Any risk
associated with the use of facsimile transmissions shall lie with the sender.
An email filing shall be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter shall be attached separately to the first email transmission and should clearly identify the sender by name, email address, and voice telephone number. A document being emailed shall be in the form of a pdf file and shall not contain more than 50 pages. If the filing contains more than 50 pages, it shall be broken down into separate files each containing 50 pages or less. The cover letter should also identify the documents being emailed by caption, matter, the number of forthcoming documents, and total number of pages. The sender shall assume all risks associated with the use of email transmissions.
Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, a signature
produced by facsimile or email transmission will be treated as an original.
A party who files a signed document by fax or email represents that the original
physically signed document is in his or her possession or control and can be
made available for review as necessary for any subsequent challenge to
Payment of filing fees and charges levied by the court for use of
facsimile or email filing shall be paid in the manner prescribed by this court.
The filing fee, accompanied by a copy of the facsimile or email filing cover sheet
shall be deposited in the U.S. mail no later than the day following the
Non-receipt of payments will result in suspension of facsimile or email privileges,
the striking of pleadings for which fees were not tendered and any other
penalties deemed appropriate within the discretion of the Court.
The following service charge will be assessed over and above the court’s
standard filing fees for civil and criminal writs for all fax or email filings to cover
duplicating, operating and maintenance costs.
(1) Each document from 1 to
10 pages in length filed by fax or email shall be assessed a $25.00 service charge. Each
page exceeding 10 pages will be assessed a service charge of $2.00 per page.
(2) This service charge will
be added to the standard filing fee of this court and shall be paid as provided
Adopted September 29, 1993; amended May 28, 1997,
effective June 1, 1997; amended April 29, 2015, effective April 29, 2015.
Internal Rule 13. Motions to dismiss in criminal cases.
Any Motion to Dismiss submitted in a criminal case
shall contain an affidavit signed by the defendant indicating he has been
advised of the Motion to Dismiss and agrees to the dismissal of the appeal or
writ application. Any Motion to Dismiss received without this affidavit will not
be considered by this court and will be returned unfiled.
Adopted May 28, 1997, effective June 1, 1997
Internal Rule 14. Writs; Notification of status of case.
When an application for writs is sought, the
application shall contain a separate statement of the status of the case. This
statement shall include information concerning the current status of the case
and any relevant trial or hearing dates. The applicant shall notify this court
immediately of any change in the status of the case, including, but not limited
to, the setting or rescheduling of the trial date or any relevant hearing date.
Adopted May 28, 1997; effective June 1, 1997
Internal Rule 15. Assignments of Error-Criminal Cases.
A written designation of the assignments of error
to be urged on appeal in a criminal case shall be filed with this court on or
before the date of filing of the appellant’s brief with this court. Accompanying
this designation shall be a certificate of service indicating a copy has been
forwarded to the trial court and all counsel of record.
Adopted effective October 28, 1997.
Internal Rule 16. Criminal Matters - Certificate of Service.
Any criminal pleadings filed with this court shall
contain a Certificate of Service, properly setting forth service has been made
upon the trial judge and opposing counsel in the same manner that service was
made with this court. In any pro se filing with this court, the certificate
shall additionally indicate service has been made on current counsel of record
for the defendant, if any, and counsel for the State. Any pleading filed without
the proper certificate of service may be returned, unfiled, to the filing party.
Additionally, in all criminal appeals counsel for
defendant shall complete the form contained in
Appendix E, forward a copy of the form to the defendant and attach the
original completed form to the brief submitted to this court for filing. Any
brief submitted by counsel for defendant will be returned unfiled if the
original form is not attached to the brief at the time of its submission to this
court or if the form is incomplete.
Amended on March 26, 2003; effective April 1,
Internal Rule 17 Repealed effective October 15, 2015.
Internal Rule 18. Additional Preparation of Briefs.
All briefs will be set in a plain Roman style,
14 point or larger, although italics or bold face may be used for emphasis.
Case names must be italicized or underlined. Original briefs on 8-1/2 " X 14"
paper shall not exceed 31 pages; reply briefs on such paper shall not exceed 13
pages. Original briefs on 8-1/2" X 11" paper shall not exceed 41 pages; reply
briefs on such paper shall not exceed 18 pages.
Adopted effective January 01, 2001; amended April
27, 2005; amended February 26, 2014.
Internal Rule 19. Filing of Opposition/Reply Briefs to Supervisory Writ
Any party desiring to file a brief in opposition
to an application for supervisory writs must contact the court immediately after
receiving the application. The court will then set the time in which an
opposition/reply brief may be filed. Any further briefs must be with leave of
Adopted effective March 26, 2003; amended April
Internal Rule 20. Filing Fee for Filing Amicus Briefs
A filing fee in the amount of $100.00 shall be
paid in connection with filing an Amicus Curiae brief. This fee shall be due at
the time of filing the Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief. For good cause
shown, the mover may request a waiver of this fee.
Adopted effective April 1, 2005
Internal Rule 21 Repealed effective October 15, 2015.
Internal Rule 22. Special Expedited Process for Disaster - Related Cases
Due to the State and public interest in expediting
cases related to disaster relief, the following expedited procedure has been
adopted by this Court. In disaster-related cases, upon motion of a party or the
Court’s own motion, an appeal or a writ application may be granted expedited
consideration. If expedited consideration is granted, the appeal may either be
given a special assignment pursuant to Rule 2-11.2 of the Uniform Rules - Courts
of Appeal, or placed on the next available docket.
Adopted effective October 24, 2007
Internal Rule 23. Oral Argument on Writ Grant
If this Court grants a writ application for the
limited purpose of ordering the record from the lower court, ordering additional
briefing, or both, in order to conduct additional consideration on the merits of
the writ application, the parties shall have fourteen (14) days from the mailing
of this order within which to file a motion requesting oral argument on the
merits. The motion shall state the reasons why oral argument is necessary and
shall be accompanied with the appropriate filing fee. The grant or rejection of
the motion shall be discretionary within the panel.
Adopted effective January 23, 2008
Internal Rule 24. Filing Corresponding CD-ROM Briefs
In addition to the filing of a paper brief, a
party may file a corresponding brief contained on a compact disc - read only
memory (CD-ROM), subject to the following requirements.
(1) Content. A corresponding brief must be
identical in content to the paper brief. A corresponding brief may provide
hypertext links to the complete versions of material that was part of the record
below. Hypertext links to other material must be confined to materials such as
cases, statutes, treatises, law review articles, and similar authorities. A
corresponding brief must be self-contained and static. All hypertext links must
be contained on the CD-ROM and not link to outside sources.
(2) Statement Concerning Instructions and
Viruses.A corresponding brief must be accompanied by a statement, preferably
within or attached to the packaging, that:
(A) The CD-ROM is Windows compatible and
readable on any windows compatible operating system.
(B) The CD-ROM is finalized and in a pdf format
viewable using a program such as Adobe Acrobat.
(C) The CD-ROM is free from computer viruses and
lists the software used to ensure that the brief is virus-free.
(3) Time for Filing. A corresponding
brief, if any, must be filed within fifteen (15) days of the paper brief.
(4) Filing and Service. Except for the
time of filing, a corresponding brief must be filed and served in the same
manner and the same number of copies as the paper brief.
(5) Single CD-ROM. All parties to an
appeal who intend to file a corresponding CD-ROM brief are encouraged to
cooperate in placing all such briefs on a single CD-ROM.
(6) Labeling. A label with the caption of
the case, the number of the case, and the types of briefs included on the CD-ROM
must be included on both the packaging and the CD-ROM.
Adopted effective February 27, 2008
Internal Rule 25. Brief In Support of Rehearing
The brief in support of rehearing pursuant to
Uniform rule 2-18.3 shall not exceed ten pages.
Adopted effective April 23, 2008
Internal Rule 26. Filing Documents
All filings with this Court, including briefs,
must be hole punched and bound in two places along the top margin, preferably
with 4 1/4" metal file fasteners, such that no part of the text is obscured.
Adopted effective May 1, 2009
26. Filing Documents - AMENDED
All filings with this Court, including briefs,
must be hole punched and bound along the top margin, preferably with 2" metal
file fasteners, such that no part of the text is obscured.
Adopted effective May 27, 2009
Internal Rule 27. Time To File Amicus Curiae Briefs
An amicus curiae brief shall be filed not later
than twenty days from the last due date for the timely filing of the appellee's
brief. (See Uniform Rules - Courts of Appeal Rules 2-12.7 and 2-12.8). Any reply
brief must be filed within ten days of the filing of an amicus curiae brief. The
court may grant one seven day extension, if good cause is shown on written
motion filed with the clerk of court on or before the date the amicus curiae
brief was due. The mover may contact the court to determine the due date for
filing an amicus curiae brief.
Adopted effective September 29, 2010
Internal Rule 28. Appellate Record Request by E-mail or CD
A party request the appellate record by e-mail if the record
contains two volumes or less. This service is complimentary. A party may also
request an appellate record sent in PDF form on a CD. The fee for this service
is $25.00. Exhibits separate from the appellate record cannot be e-mailed or
sent on a CD.
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