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Louisiana Court Of AppealsCourt of Appeal, Second Circuit
State of Louisiana

430 Fannin Street, Shreveport LA 71101
(318) 227-3700
(318) 227-3735 (fax)
Office Hours: 8:30AM - 4:45PM, Monday through Friday


Local Rules of Court

Rule 1-1. Binder or Cover for Records in Appeals

Effective for appeals lodged on or after January 1, 1987, all records shall be bound in strong, flexible, looseleaf binders or covers of 25 pt. pressboard material. The front cover shall be 9" x 14-1/2" and the back cover shall be 9" x 15-1/4", so as to allow a 3/4" tab on the back cover. Covers shall have 1" hinged flaps with two reinforced holes, 4-1/4" center to center and 9/16" top to center, end-tab scored for label placement, and shall be fastened at the top, so as to open flat at the top.

Rule 2-1. 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 a jurisdictional index in the form shown as Appendix A - Civil Jurisdictional Index, and as Appendix B - Criminal Jurisdictional Index. The jurisdictional index required by this rule is in addition to the indices required by Rule 2-1.4, URCA.

Rule 2-2.1. Notice of Appeal

Within seven (7) days of the granting of an order of appeal, the clerk of the trial court shall mail to the appellate court the notice of appeal required by the Code of Civil Procedure or the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Rule 2-2.2. Additional Notice Requirements in Election Cases;
Responsibility of Appellant and Clerk of the Trial Court

In any action objecting to candidacy or contesting an election, governed by the provisions of Title 18 of the Revised Statutes, the following notices to the appellate court shall be given by either or both the appellant and the clerk of court as provided below:

  1. Within 24 hours after signing of judgment, a party who is aggrieved by the judgment and who both obtains an order of appeal and provides the necessary bond, as required by the provisions of Title 18, shall give notice of the order of appeal to the clerk of the Court of Appeal by telephone and/or facsimile transmission; and
  2. Within 24 hours after an order of appeal has been obtained and a bond given, as required by the provisions of Title 18, the clerk of the trial court shall give notice of the order of appeal to the clerk of the Court of Appeal by telephone and/or facsimile transmission.
  3. The telephonic or facsimile transmission required above shall be immediately followed by the mailing of that notice to the clerk of the Court of Appeal.

Rule 2-2.3. Minimal Requirements for Civil Appellate Record

While parties may designate portions of the record on appeal under the authority of C.C.P. Art. 2128 and URCA 2-1.17, the following items shall be included in the record when pertinent to the case being appealed regardless of the written designation by parties:

  1. Petitions - original, supplemental and/or amending naming all parties
  2. Answers and cross-pleadings
  3. Signed pauper order, if claimed
  4. Any judgment which dismisses a party or parties to the suit (partial judgments under La.C.C.P. Art. 1915)
  5. All signed final or partial judgment(s) complained of (being appealed) and any reasons for judgment (transcribed oral reasons or written reasons)
  6. All notices of judgment(s)
  7. Motions for new trial or judgment notwithstanding the verdict
  8. Disposition of new trial or judgment notwithstanding the verdict motions
  9. Notices of new trial or judgment notwithstanding the verdict dispositions
  10. Motion(s) and order(s) for appeal, notices of return date and/or proof of costs paid
  11. Motions/letters requesting designation of the appellate record if such request was made, and the concise statement required by La. C.C.P. Art. 2129.
  12. Motion(s) and signed order(s) of consolidation if applicable (copies of order should be placed in both records)
  13. All minute entries required by Rule 2-1.5

Rule 2-3. Failure to File Briefs, Criminal Cases

If counsel in a criminal case does not file a brief within the time specified either by Rules 2-12.7 or 2-12.8, URCA, or by the court, the court may order counsel to file a brief within a delay fixed by the court. If counsel fails to file a brief within the delay ordered by the court under this special rule, the court may cite counsel for contempt and impose penalties as provided by CCrP Arts. 17-25.

Rule 2-4. Criminal Appeals, Written Assignments of Error, sanctions for failure to file timely

As required by C.Cr.P. Art. 844, 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 the filing of appellant's brief and shall include certification that a copy of the assignment has been provided to the trial judge. When filed with the appellant's brief, the assignments of error will not be included in the page limitations as stated in URCA Rule 2-12.2(1).

Failure to timely comply with the above rule shall result in rejection of the appellant's brief as authorized by URCA - Second Circuit Supplemental Rule 2-5 and/or shall subject either or both the appellant and his counsel to sanctions as provided in C.Cr.P. Art. 844(C).

Rule 2-5. Rejection of Briefs not in compliance with URCA

The Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal will reject all briefs which do not conform to the requirements of Uniform Rules of the Courts of Appeal - Rules 2-12.1 through 2-12.6 and Rules 2-14.1 and 2-14.2 and Second Circuit Local Supplementing Uniform Rule 2-4 (URCA Rule 2-12.13).

If the Clerk must reject a brief which was received by mail, the brief will be returned at the filing parties' expense.

For purposes of oral argument, if a brief is rejected and the party subsequently corrects the insufficiency and resubmits the brief for filing, the brief will be considered untimely, unless the brief is resubmitted for filing within five (5) days from the date of rejection or by the current brief due date whichever is greater (URCA Rule 2-12.12).

For all other purposes, a brief that is rejected by the Clerk on the last day of any delay set by this Court will be considered untimely.

Rule 2-6. Criminal Pro Se Briefing Notice

In all criminal appeals, counsel for the defendant shall complete the pro se briefing notice issued by this office and attached to the notice of lodging and briefing order. Counsel shall attach the original completed pro se briefing form to a copy of the brief to be filed with this court and mail the notice and copy of the brief to the defendant. The date of notice and mailing to the defendant shall not be later than the date the brief is filed with this court.

A copy of the completed form shall also be attached to counsel's brief and submitted to this court for filing within the briefing delays established by the clerk of court. Any brief submitted by counsel will be rejected by the clerk of court if a copy of the form is not attached to the brief at the time of its submission to this court or if the form is incomplete.

Rule 2-7. Criminal Certificate of Service - Defense and Pro Se Briefs

All criminal defense briefs filed with this court shall contain a Certificate of Service, properly setting forth service has been made upon opposing counsel and the defendant showing how and when such service was accomplished.

All pro se filings with this court shall contain a Certificate of Service indicating that service has been made on current counsel of record for the defendant, if any, and counsel for the State showing how and when such service was accomplished.

Any filings submitted without the proper certificate of service may be rejected by the clerk of court and returned to the filing party (Rule 2-5)

Rule 3-1. Number of Copies for Application for Rehearing and Support Briefs

An original and six copies of the application for rehearing and the brief in support of the application shall be filed.

Rule 4-1. Fees to be Charged by the 2nd Circuit Clerk of Court

The Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal shall charge and collect the following fees authorized by statute and by this court rule, effective Jul 1, 2013.

Rule 5-1. Facsimile Filings

Facsimile filings will only be accepted by this court in the case of an emergency writ. The rules governing acceptance of facsimile filings are contained in Appendix C.

Rule 6-1. Expedited Appeal Involving Minors

THIS RULE WAS RECALLED DUE TO THE ADOPTION OF RULE 5, UNIFORM RULES OF LOUISIANA COURT OF APPEAL. PLEASE SEE UNIFORM RULES, RULE 5. (external link)

Rule 7. 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.

Rule 8. Inclusion of Bar Roll Numbers on Appellate Records and Filings

In addition to the requirements for the cover inscription provided by Rule 2.1-3(7) and 2-12.3(i) of the URCA, the cover inscription shall contain, after the name of each counsel of record, the bar roll number of the attorney.

Rule 9 - Motion to Waive Oral Argument; sanctions:

Counsel's failure to appear for oral argument once a timely request for argument has beenfiled and the case docketed for oral argument causes inconvenience to the Court and to opposing counsel. Accordingly, it will be the policy of this Court to require counsel to file a written motion requesting leave of Court to waive oral argument. An original and four copies of the motion are to be filed with the Clerk of Court not later than seven days prior to the date of the scheduled argument. Counsel's motion shall contain a statement advising if the request to waive argument is limited to the moving party or on behalf of any other parties and shall contain certification of service listing all parties and all counsel as required by URCA Rule 2-14.2. The Court will act promptly on the motion and Clerk of Court will give expeditious notice of the Court's decision to all parties.

If counsel fails to timely file such motion with the Clerk of Court and fails to appear for the scheduled argument, a fine of up to $200 may be imposed and, if imposed, shall be paid by counsel within thirty days from the date of assessment.

Rule 10. Unpublished Opinions Posted to the Internet

Act No. 644 of the Regular Session 2006 enacted Code of Civil Procedure Article 2168 which provides for the posting of unpublished opinions on Internet websites and provides that such opinions may be cited as authority.

In light of Act No. 644, the Court directs the clerk of court to post the text of all opinions, both opinions designated for hard copy publication and those not designated for publication, to this court's website and to release the text of all opinions to participating publishing companies for electronic publication commencing with opinions rendered by this Court on or after August 15, 2006.

Rule 11. Notice of Settlement

In every civil case, appellant, either personally or through counsel, shall give this Court immediate notice of the settlement or pending settlement of a case on appeal. The notice shall include specifics as to the expected completion of the settlement and submission of joint motion to dismiss the pending appeal; the joint motion to dismiss must be filed within 30 days of the notice of settlement unless a later date is authorized by the court. When a civil case has been set for hearing on an appellate calendar and is orally argued, an appellant or counsel for appellant who fails to give the required notice within 14 days after the case is orally argued may be sanctioned for contempt. When a civil case has been set on an appellate calendar and is submitted without oral argument, an appellant or counsel for appellant who fails to give the required notice within 14 days after the last day of oral argument for that appellate calendar may be sanctioned for contempt. Notice of pending settlement shall not prevent the Court from rendering an opinion.

Rule 12. Appellee's Brief (Superseding Uniform Rule 2-12.5)

The brief of the Appellee shall contain appropriate and concise responses and arguments to the contentions and arguments of the appellant and shall conform to the requirements for the appellant's brief set forth in Rule 2-12.4, except that the following need not be included unless the appellee is dissatisfied with the appellant's statements:

  1. the jurisdictional statement, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection A(3);
  2. the statement of the case, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection A(4);
  3. assignments of alleged errors, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection A(5);
  4. the listing of issues, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection A(6);
  5. the statement of facts, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection A(7);
  6. the statement of the standard of review, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection A(9)(b);
  7. the statement of the objection or proffer, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection A(9)(c); and
  8. a copy of the judgment, order, or ruling complained of; and a copy of the trial court's written reasons for judgment, transcribed oral reasons for judgment, or minute entry of the reasons, Rule 2-12.4, Subsection B(1).

Rule 13. Writ Intake Form

All original writ applications filed in this court shall include a completed writ application intake form. The writ application intake form is published in the Appendix E.





Appendix A. Civil Jurisdictional Index

Appendix B. Criminal Jurisdictional Index

Appendix C. Fax Filing Rules

Appendix D. Pro Se Briefing Notice to Defendant

Appendix E. Writ Intake Form

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