Louisiana State Resource Center
Louisiana Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General of Louisiana shall have authority (1) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any civil action or proceeding; (2) upon the written request of a district attorney, to advise and assist in the prosecution of any criminal case; and (3) for cause, when authorized by the court which would have original jurisdiction and subject to judicial review, (a) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any criminal action or proceeding, or (b) to supersede any attorney representing the state in any civil or criminal action.
The main role of the governor includes supporting the Constitutions and laws of Louisiana and the United States and ensuring that all laws are executed. The governor is the chief executive officer of the 20 departments responsible for the administration and enforcement of state laws on a daily basis. The Louisiana Constitution sets the number of executive departments.
- Lt. Governor
The Office of Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana is the second highest state office in Louisiana.
- Secretary of State
The secretary of state is the official keeper of the state seal, as well as many other important documents. The secretary of state is also responsible for the operation of several outstanding state museums. From acting as the keeper of the state's most precious memorabilia to overseeing elections and corporate filings, the secretary of state's office provides a large range of valuable services.
- State of Louisiana
Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and its largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties.
- State Treasurer
The Treasurer manages the state’s bank account and investments in trust funds. He also oversees local and state bond issues and returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property each year. The Divisions of the Treasurer's office include Investments; Fiscal Control; Administration; and LAMP (Louisiana Asset Management Pool).
Louisiana Legislative Branch
- Legislative Auditor
The Legislative Auditor is one of the largest public accounting practices in the State of Louisiana. The Legislative Auditor serves as the watchdog of public spending, overseeing more than 3,500 audits of state and local governments and their related quasi-public enterprises. Conducting independent financial and performance audits of the State's agencies, colleges, and universities, their auditors find ways to improve government and identify critical issues to protect public resources and tighten government control systems. When necessary, they follow up on allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse.
- Louisiana House of Representatives
The Louisiana House of Representatives is the lower house in the Louisiana State Legislature. Members serve four-year terms with a term limit of three terms. The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is customarily recommended by the Governor (although this is not in House rules), then elected by the full House.
- Louisiana Senate
The Louisiana State Senate is the upper house of the state legislature of Louisiana. All Senators serve four year terms and are assigned multiple committees to work on.
- Louisiana State Legislature
The Louisiana State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is bicameral body, comprising the lower house, the Louisiana House of Representatives with 105 representatives, and the upper house, the Louisiana Senate with 39 senators. Members of both houses are elected from single-member constituencies.
Louisiana Court Rules and Forms
- East Baton Rouge Family Court Forms
- Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Forms
- Louisiana 15th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to Forms for the 15th Judicial District (Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion)
- Louisiana 19th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to Forms for the 19th Judicial District (East Baton Rouge)
- Louisiana 24th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to Forms for the 24th Judicial District (Jefferson)
- Louisiana 2nd Judicial District Court Forms
Links to Forms for the 2nd Judicial District (Bienville)
- Louisiana 4th Judicial District Court Forms
Links to Forms for the 4th Judicial District (Ouachita and Morehouse)
- Louisiana Baton Rouge City Court Rules
- Louisiana Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans Local Rules
- Louisiana Court of Appeal Fifth Circuit Rules
- Louisiana Court of Appeal First Circuit Rules
- Louisiana Court of Appeal Fourth Circuit Rules
- Louisiana Court of Appeal Second Circuit Rules
- Louisiana Court of Appeal Third Circuit Rules
Links to Internal Rules
- Louisiana Courts of Appeal Uniform Rules
- Louisiana District Court Rules
- Louisiana Forms for the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans
- Louisiana Supreme Court Rules & Forms
Louisiana Judicial Branch
- Judicial Branch
The judicial power of the state, which is the power to interpret the Constitution and the laws of this state, is vested in the Judicial Branch of Government, made up of a supreme court, courts of appeal, district courts and other courts authorized by the Constitution. In the Louisiana court structure there are 5 courts of appeal, 43 district courts, 5 family or juvenile courts, 49 city courts and 3 parish courts.
- Law Library of Louisiana
Located in the Supreme Court Building in New Orleans, the Law Library of Louisiana provides valuable services and resources for the judiciary, the bar, and the public throughout the state and beyond. The library offers an assortment of services and resources to any who have a need. To assist with research, the library staff has composed a set of "Pathfinder" research guides.
- Supreme Court of Louisiana
Louisiana Supreme Court is the state's highest court located in the City of New Orleans. Under the Constitution of 1974, the Louisiana Supreme Court is composed of seven justices elected from districts throughout Louisiana. In the year 2000, Supreme Court districts were reapportioned into seven new districts, with one justice elected from each of the districts. The justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court serve 10 year terms of office. The senior justice in point of service is the Chief Justice, who is the chief administrative officer of the judicial system.
Louisiana Executive Branch
- Department of Agriculture and Forestry
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is responsible for administering many of the programs and enforcing the regulations that impact every aspect of the state’s agriculture and forestry. The Department’s mission is to promote, protect and advance agriculture and forestry, and soil and water resources.
- Department of Corrections
The mission of Corrections Services is to enhance public safety through the safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective probation/parole supervision and proven rehabilitative strategies that successfully reintegrate offenders into society, as well as to assist individuals and communities victimized by crime.
- Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism provides the highest quality service and programs through the preservation, promotion and development of Louisiana's historical, cultural, educational, natural and recreational resources. The department is comprised of six agencies: the State Library, State Museums, State Parks, Cultural Development, Tourism and the Office of the Secretary.
- Department of Education
The Louisiana Department of Education is the state agency of Louisiana that manages the state's school districts.The mission of the department is to insure higher academic achievement for all students; eliminate all achievement gaps; and prepare students to be effective citizens in a global market.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The Department's mission is to provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound policies regarding employment and economic development. The five major office of the Department are the Office of the Secretary; the Office of Management and Finance; the Office of Environmental Services; the Office of Environmental Compliance; and the Office of Environmental Assessment.
- Department of Health and Hospitals
The mission of the Department of Health and Hospitals is to protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive, and rehabilitative services for all citizens of the State of Louisiana.
- Department of Insurance
The Department of Insurance is the state regulatory authority for the insurance industry in Louisiana.
- Department of Natural Resources
The mission of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is to preserve and enhance the nonrenewable natural resources of the state, consisting of land, water, oil, gas, and other minerals, through conservation, regulation, and management/exploitation, to ensure that the state of Louisiana realizes appropriate economic benefit from its asset base.
- Department of Public Safety
The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to provide safety services to both the citizens of the state and visitors to the state of Louisiana by upholding and enforcing the laws, administering regulatory programs, managing records, educating the public and managing emergencies, both directly and through interaction with other agencies.
- Department of Revenue
The Department of Revenue (LDR) website provides information on taxes, forms, services, laws and policies.
- Department of State Civil Service
The Department of Civil Service is the central personnel agency for the state of Louisiana . Their divisions include: Accountability; Administration; Appeals; Compensation; MIS; Program Assistance and Training; and Staffing.
- Department of Transportation and Development
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) exists to serve the transportation and water resources needs of the public.
- Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is charged with the responsibility of managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. LDWF's to manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.
- Division of Administration
The Division of Administration serves the people of Louisiana mainly by providing essential services to the whole of state government. The Division is comprised of 25 sections, some functioning as control-oriented entities and others as service-oriented entities.
- Louisiana Economic Development
The Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is responsible for strengthening the state's business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED's mission is to lead economic development for the state of Louisiana.
- Louisiana Lottery Corporation
The Louisiana Lottery Corporation (LLC) began in 1991, after the 1990 Louisiana legislature proposed a government-run lottery (ACT 1045) as a way to generate revenue without increasing taxes. Due to the Lottery's unique operations, the Legislature recognized a corporate structure would suit it best.
- Louisiana National Guard
The Louisiana Military Department is a proud and professional, values-based organization that is recognized as the best in accomplishing Federal, State, and Community missions. The Federal mission of the Department is to provide trained and ready soldiers, airmen, and units for deployment in support of national military objectives as designated by the President of the United States.
- Louisiana State Police
The Louisiana State Police is a statutorily mandated, statewide law enforcement agency. The mission of the State Police is to ensure the safety and security of the people in the state through enforcement, education, and providing of other essential public safety services.
- Office of Financial Institutions
The Office of Financial Institutions (OFI) is responsible for the supervision of various entities which provide financial services to the citizens of the State of Louisiana. The Office is divided into three major divisions based on general types of institutions regulated - the Depository Institutions Division, the Non-Depository Services Division, and the Securities Division.
- Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
The mission of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is to lead and support Louisiana and its Citizens in the preparation for, response to and recovery from all emergencies and disasters.
- Office of State Parks
State Parks is an Office of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism. Louisiana's State Parks, Historic Sites, and Preservation Area offer a uniquely rewarding experience of Louisiana's natural beauty and historical riches.
- State Library
The State Library of Louisiana provides Louisianans access to more than eleven million items through its own excellent collection and electronic resources combined with a statewide online lending network of public libraries, and remains committed to creating ever-increasing opportunities for citizens to experience the value of libraries and reading.
Louisiana Boards and Commissions
- Board of Regents
The Louisiana Constitution authorizes the Board of Regents to plan, coordinate, and have budgetary responsibility for Louisiana’s public higher education community, including 19 public colleges, universities, and/or professional schools.
- Department of State Civil Service
The Civil Service Commission is a seven-member body that has final authority over the administration of the Civil Service system. The Commission serves as an impartial review board that enacts and adjudicates Civil Service Rules to regulate state personnel activities, and hears appeals from state employees and agencies.
- Workforce Commission
The Louisiana (formerly known as the Louisiana Department of Labor) provides unemployment and employment resources for Louisiana residents, as well as business and labor information and services. The mission of the Commission is to lead the development of the system that delivers the workforce Louisiana’s current and future employers need.