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It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your case. If you cannot afford an attorney, a legal aid organization may be able to represent you for free or at reduced cost. However, certain restrictions apply and they may not be able to take your case. You have a right to represent yourself, and there are diverse services available to help you learn more.

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This LibGuide will provide:

  • basic information about justices of the peace in Louisiana; and
  • resources for additional information and services.

What this libguide cannot do:

  • provide a full and complete guide to justices of the peace; or
  • replace the advice of an attorney. 

Legal cases in Justice of the Peace courts are common and do not always require a lawyer. Some people can go to court without professional assistance.  Those not represented by professional legal assistance are often referred to as self-represented litigants

This libguide is not a complete guide to the law, nor does it discuss every issue or aspect of the law that may affect your case.This information is not meant to replace State laws or Court Rules. The purpose of this guide is to give general information and make it easier to represent yourself in court. This guide is not meant to replace the legal advice of an attorney. You have a right to represent yourself in court, but it comes with the responsibility to follow certain court rules and procedures.

This libguide is still in development and the information is not guaranteed to be accurate. For additional resources and/or to find assistance in your parish, visit LouisianaLawHelp.org.

LEAP

The Legal Education and Assistance Program (LEAP) is a project sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, with the support of the Louisiana Library Association, the Law Library of Louisiana, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Acadiana Legal Services, and Legal Services of North Louisiana. LEAP aims to provide support and assistance to public librarians throughout the state by providing them with the tools to help their patrons with their legal questions. LEAP understands that librarians are prohibited from providing legal advice, but instead helps them provide legal information, including referrals to attorneys.