34th Judicial District

Hon. Manuel A. Fernandez

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34th Judicial District Website

Welcome To 34th Judicial District Website.

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Welcome to the 34th Judicial District web site. The presiding judges have developed this site to allow the people of St. Bernard Parish and officers of the Court to more effectively and efficiently access information concerning this Court and other Court-related matters. We hope you find it a useful tool in increasing your access to the justice system.

 The 34th Judicial District Court is a general jurisdiction court for the State of Louisiana. As a general jurisdiction court, often referred to as a general trial court its power and authority extends to all cases of a civil nature including but not limited to disputes between private parties over contract or property rights, claims for personal injury, marriage and family matters, estate, probate and succession rights, and other related matters.

The 34th Judicial District Court also has criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanors, felonies or violations of parish ordinances committed in the territorial jurisdiction of the district and presides over all stages of the criminal proceedings from the setting of bail or other condition of release, the conducting of magistrate court for the determination of bail and probable cause, arraignments, motions and discovery, and the conduct of judge or jury trials on the determination of guilt or innocence, and other related matters.

The 34th Judicial District Court further has juvenile jurisdiction and presides over cases involving a juvenile offender, children in need of supervision, delinquency proceedings and adoptions, and other related matters. The Court further may hear appeals from the Justice of the Peace Courts as well as other appeals where authorized by statute or local ordinance. The territorial jurisdiction of the 34th Judicial District Court is consistent with the political boundaries of the Parish of St. Bernard.


Code of Professionalism

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My word is my bond. I will never intentionally mislead the court or other counsel. I will not knowingly make statements of fact or law that are untrue.

I will clearly identify for other counsel changes I have made in documents submitted to me.

I will conduct myself with dignity, civility, courtesy and a sense of fair play.

I will not abuse or misuse the law, its procedures or the participants in the judicial process.

I will consult with other counsel whenever scheduling procedures are required and will be cooperative in scheduling discovery, hearings, the testimony of witnesses and in the handling of the entire course of any legal matter.

I will not file or oppose pleadings, conduct discovery or utilize nay course of conduct for the purpose of undue delay or harassment of any other counsel or party. I will allow counsel fair opportunity to respond and will grant reasonable requests for extensions of time.

I will not engage in personal attacks on other counsel or the court. I will support my profession's effort to enforce its disciplinary rules and will not make unfounded allegations of unethical conduct about other counsel.

I will not use the threat of sanctions as a litigation tactic.

I will cooperate with counsel and the court to reduce the cost of litigation and will readily stipulate to all matters not in dispute.

I will be punctual in my communication with clients, other counsel and the court, and in honoring scheduled appearances.