bryanfontenot@lafourchejp.org
+1-985-633-9612

About This Court

The Function of this Court

Justices of the Peace are ex-officio Notaries Public, and therefore can provide many notarial services. Of course, Justices of the Peace may perform civil marriages. Couples should obtain a marriage license from the Clerk of Court’s office, and will need to have at least two witnesses present. Marriage ceremonies are scheduled by appointment. Justices of the Peace may also determine ownership and possession of movable property not exceeding $5,000 in value. This sometimes enables the court to clear up titles to automobiles and trailers. Finally, the Justice of the Peace serves to help citizens “know where to go.” We’ll do our best to point you in the right direction if we are unable to help with your specific problem.

Mission Statement

As your Justice of the Peace, it has been my goal to establish an effective small claims court that protects the rights of our citizens. As a veteran police officer, I understand the importance of having a courtroom that hears all litigation in a professional manner and renders judgement that support the presented evidence and the laws contested.

It has become a cornerstone of my office to work with both Landlords and Tenants on the proper eviction procedures. I have instituted programs for landlords to help them establish rental agreements that are supported by Louisiana statues and have worked with tenants that are unfamiliar with eviction procedures.

It is the mission of my office to serve you with integrity while maintaining an effective courtroom that protects the rights of our citizens.

-Bryan Fontenot

Evictions

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Small-Claims Court

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Marriages

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What about Criminal Matters?

Justices of the Peace are committing magistrates authorized to issue warrants for arrest in many matters. The only criminal matters that may be tried are prosecutions of litter violations. If you have any reason to believe a crime is being committed, please contact your nearest law enforcement agency. Litter violations may be reported to the Constable or Sheriff’s office. The court can not issue restraining orders, but in some instances may require a peace bond.