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Civil Department Advance Deposits          
P.O. Box 1090         

Covington, LA  70434         
(985) 809-8776           
Effective 05/02/16    Revised 05/02/16
Fax Filings: (985) 809-8777   


The St. Tammany Clerk of Court must collect fees on new suits, which fees are comprised of:  Judicial Expense Fund ($15); Judge's Compensation Fund($24.00); Parish Council Fee-$15 for new suits and $15 anytime a matter is set for a hearing; Parish Council Fee ($5 for pleadings to be recorded); Southeast La. Legal Service Fee ($10); Louisiana Judicial College Fee ($0.50);and Domestic Violence Assistance Fee ($25).

NOTE: The Clerk of Court may also have to collect additional fees for other entities/agencies on subsequent filings. Please request detailed explanation from the Civil Filing Department.

Filing of new suits, viewing of files, obtaining copies or filing additional pleadings in existing suits may be done at the Justice Center, located at 701 North Columbia Street in Covington and at the St. Tammany Administrative Complex, located at 520 Old Spanish Trail, 5th Floor, in Slidell. Documents filed in the Slidell office will be delivered to Covington to be processed. Copies of documents given back in Slidell will have a date and time stamp only. In order to serve you better, please call (985)809-8776 for cost estimate prior to filing.

Civil Pleadings may be faxed in accordance with La. R.S. 13:850.  Fax number is (985) 809-8777.


Please comply with the following when filing civil suits:
1.  The correct advance deposit must accompany the original petition; otherwise, it will be returned to sender or filed only and held until the filing fee is received, if prescription is a factor.
2.  Suits filed in forma paperis are exempt from advance filing costs.  After judgment, costs are due.
3.  When all of the advance deposit is depleted, no documents or pleadings will be filed and no action will be taken by the Clerk until an additional deposit is made or costs due are paid.
4.  Refunds will be issued as soon as possible upon completion or dismissal of a case.
5.  Please furnish the correct mailing addresses of any and all persons put in possession of real property by Judgment.
6.  Use number and division on all pleadings.
7.  Use complete title on all pleadings.
8.  Judgments submitted after date of hearing must show name of judge who rendered judgment.
9.  Cancel judgments in a civil suit - must state "Authorize the Clerk to Cancel" & attach Request to Cancel form as per La. C.C.P. Art. 3366.

 

NEW SUITS:
Suits With No Rules, TROs or Restraining Orders:
Civil Suit (with one service) 240.00
Executory Process (Foreclosure) 500.00
Adoption 400.00

Garnishment

450.00
Emancipation (with no service) 210.00
Minor's or Workers' Compensation Settlement 210.00
Sequestration 450.00
ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR ANY TYPE OF SUIT:
Rule to Show Cause (with one service) 210.00
    Set Hearing Officer Conference 195.00
Restraining Order or TRO (with one service) 125.00
Each Additional Service of Citation, Pleading, Rule, Restraining Order or TRO 80.00
Each Service on Secretary of State (Secretary of State's fee) 50.00
Appointment of Curator 600.00
DOMESTIC SUITS:
Divorce (with acceptance of service)
     No rules, TROs or Restraining Orders 225.00
Divorce (with one service)
     No rules, TROs or Restraining Orders   250.00
     Add a rule 210.00
     Set Hearing Officer Conference 195.00
     Add TRO or Restraining Order 125.00
Exparte Custody Rule 300.00
     Set Hearing Officer Conference 195.00
Appointment of Curator 600.00
PROBATE:
Succession 300.00
Petition for Notice of Application to Appoint Administrator in Succession 150.00
Tutorship 300.00
Tutorship and Minor's Settlement 350.00
Small Succession 175.00
Filings in Existing Suits:
****Outstanding Balances Must Be Paid in Addition to These Deposits **** 
PETITIONS:
Supplemental and/or Amended (with one service) 150.00
     (with no service) 95.00
Garnishment (with one service ) 300.00
RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS:
Answer (with no service) 40.00
Answer (with one service) 100.00
Answer with Any New Demand
      (with one service)

150.00

      (with no service) 95.00
Answer with Jury Order 60.00
Answer with Request for Notice 60.00
Answer with Jury Order & Req. for Notice 80.00
Exceptions with Order Setting a Hearing

  210.00

POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL CHARGES:
Rule to Show Cause (with one service) 210.00
     Set Hearing Officer Conference 195.00
Restraining Order or TRO  
     Not recorded 75.00
     Recorded (immovables) 125.00

Each Additional Service of Citation, Pleading, Rule, Restraining Order or TRO

80.00
Each Service on Secretary of State (Secretary of State's fee) 50.00
Lis Pendens - 1 page 90.00
MOTIONS AND ORDERS:
Setting a Hearing
(Ex : Rule to Show Cause, Contempt, JD Rule)     (with one service)

210.00
     Set Hearing Officer Conference 195.00
Extension of Time, Enroll or Withdraw as Counsel 50.00
Dismiss (in addition to all parties' unpaid costs - always call) 45.00
Each additional certified copy (over one) 6.00
Appeal - Devolutive or Suspensive 300.00
Continue and Reset Rule
     (with one service)

210.00
     (with no service) 175.00
     (other party's rule) 80.00
Set Trial on Merits
     (with no service)

260.00
     (each service) 80.00
Appointment of Curator 600.00
REQUEST WHICH REQUIRES PUBLICATION: 75.00
WRITS:
Writ of Seizure 125.00
Writ of Fifa (fieri facias) 125.00
Writ of Possession 125.00
Writ of Habeus Corpus 125.00
MISCELLANEOUS FILINGS: All documents below are $5.00 for the 1st page and $2.00 for each additional page (per document)
     Interrogatories
     Requests for Admissions
     Requests for Production of Documents
     Descriptive List 
     Memorandum
     Opposition
     Pretrial Order
     Witness List
MISCELLANEOUS CIVIL COSTS:
Exhibits/Transcripts/Depositions - 1st page 2.00
     each additional page  1.00
Certified (includes Conforming) 6.00
Conformed Copy (No Certification) 3.00
Postage   ( Actual costs incurred) Actual
-- PLEASE REQUEST REFUND AT CONCLUSION --
CIVIL RECORD ROOM FEES:
Copy cost per page .50
Certified copy 3.00
Name Search 10.00
Act of Congress (plus copy cost of .50 per page) 5.00
Filing fee for filing will - 1st page 20.00
     each additional page 10.00
Fax Filing Fee 5.00
     plus .50 per pages received or sent
Postage - Actual costs incurred