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.
In FY 2015-16, state appropriated funds totaled $179,603,192. The FY 2015-2016 Judiciary Budget can be found in Act 66 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session, available on the Louisiana Legislative Website at www.legis.la.gov. Also see below. While Act 66 originally provided for a judiciary budget of $182,664,006.00, according to Section 2 of Act 66, “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 Three Million Sixty Thousand Eight Hundred Fourteen and No/100 ($3,060,814.00) Dollars, pursuant to a plan adopted by the Judicial Budgetary Control Board or as approved by the Louisiana Supreme Court.”
The Louisiana Supreme Court’s expenditures are audited by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor every two years, and the audit report is available on the Legislative Auditor’s website at www.lla.state.la.us. These reports contain comparisons of budget to actual revenues and expenditures, as well as a summary of revenues and expenditures by categories, and the Court’s financial data.
Judiciary Budget Information:
2015 Judiciary Budget Information
Act 66 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session
2016 Louisiana Legislative Auditor Report (Financial Audit Services Management Letter Issued February 24, 2016)
House Bill 616 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session, Appropriates funds for the expenses of the judiciary for Fiscal Year 2016-2017