District Courts

District Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, but generally only handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts.  District Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over felony crimes, civil and political rights, a right to public office or public position, probate matters, most cases with the State as a defendant, and most cases involving the title to immovable property. Family Courts share jurisdiction with District Courts over cases concerning title to immovable property, when the issue is the division of community property, such as in cases of divorce or annulment.

Some District Courts may have Family or Juvenile divisions with similar jurisdiction to Family Courts and Juvenile Courts. Some District Courts may have a Domestic Relations section with more limited jurisdiction. District Courts may also have Criminal, Civil and Drug Court divisions.

District Courts share jurisdiction with City, Parish, Municipal and Traffic Courts for certain crimes related to driving while intoxicated.