Louisiana does not have a unified state court funding system. Operations of district, parish and city courts are primarily funded by local governments. An annual state legislative appropriation funds the operations of the Louisiana Supreme Court and the five courts of appeal, as well as the salaries and benefits for all state court judges. The state also funds a portion of the salaries of parish and city court judges, and the compensation of retired and ad hoc judges.
For FY 2018-19 the state appropriated funds which totaled $173,164,719. The FY 2018-19 Judicial Budget can be found in ACT 69 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session and ACT 9 of the 2018 Second Extraordinary Legislative Session, available on the Louisiana State Legislative website at www.legis.la.gov. While the bill as introduced in ACT 69 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session provided for a Judicial Budget of $180,177,165, according to Section 2, “the appropriations, and the allocations of such appropriations, from the State General Fund (Direct) contained in Section 1 of this Act shall be reduced by a total amount of Fifty-One Million Four Hundred Fifty-Seven Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Four and No/100 ($51,457,584) Dollars, pursuant to a plan adopted by the Judiciary Budgetary Control Board or as approved by the Louisiana Supreme Court.” Additionally, according to Section 1 of ACT 9 of the 2018 Second Extraordinary Session, “sections 2 and 4 of Act No. 69 of the 2018 Regular Session of the Legislature are hereby amended and reenacted to read as follows:
Section 2. The appropriations, and the allocations of such appropriations, from the State General Fund (Direct) contained in Section 1 of this Act shall be reduced by a total amount of Forty-Nine Million Four Hundred Fifty-Seven Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Four and No/100 ($49,457,584) Dollars, pursuant to a plan adopted by the Judicial Budgetary Control Board or as approved by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Section 4. Appropriations contained in this Section of this Act shall become effective upon enactment of certain revenue measures introduced in the 2018 Second Extraordinary Session of the Legislature, and incorporated into the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 official forecast of the Revenue Estimating Conference. The sum of Forty-Two Million Four Hundred Forty-Five Thousand One Hundred Thirty-Eight and No/100 ($42,445,138) Dollars is hereby appropriated out of the state general fund to defray the expenses of the judiciary, including the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, the District Courts, the Criminal District Court of Orleans Parish, and of other courts.”
In accordance with La. R.S. 24:513, the Louisiana Supreme Court is audited regularly by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, and the audit report is available on the Legislative Auditor’s website at www.lla.state.la.us.
Judiciary Budget Information:
2018 Judiciary Budget
2018 Judiciary Budget Information
Act 69 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session
Act 9 of the 2018 Second Extraordinary Legislative Session
2017 Judiciary Budget
2017 Judiciary Budget Information
Act 68 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session
2016 Judiciary Budget
2016 Judiciary Budget Information
Act 67 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session
Act 14 of the 2016 Second Extraordinary Session
2016 Louisiana Legislative Auditor Report (Financial Audit Services Management Letter Issued February 24, 2016)
2015 Judiciary Budget
2015 Judiciary Budget Information
Act 66 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session