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Justice of the Peace Court: How to Appeal

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What is the appeals process? 

If an individual is not satisfied with the decision of the Justice of the Peace court, he/she may appeal it to the appropriate parish court. If there is no parish court, then the party can appeal to the appropriate district court within a limited time period as provided by law. ** Parish governing authorities do not have the authority to change or redraw district of ward boundaries of the Justice of the Peace court. **

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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, and Acadiana Legal Services. 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.