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Hon. Rachael Johnson, Judge
Division "B" - Section 5

421 Loyola Avenue, Room 315
New Orleans, LA  70112
Phone:  (504) 407-0210
FAX:  (504) 522-3552

   

          STAFF

Minute Clerk:  Raashand Hamilton
rhamilton@orleanscdc.com
Law Clerk: Monika Arceneaux
marceneaux@orleanscdc.com
Court Crier:  Ashley Wallace
awallace@orleanscdc.com
Court Reporter:  Barbara Burger
bburger@orleanscdc.com


         OFFICE HOURS

         Monday through Friday
             9:00 AM to 4:00 PM



DIVISION PROCEDURES

*Judge Johnson strictly enforces the Local Rules

*All parties must be present at the time the docket is called.

*No children allowed in the court room without prior approval.


RULE DAYS

Hearings are scheduled to begin at 9:00am. All parties must be present when the docket is called at 9:00am.

There will be NO LIVE TESTIMONY taken on Rule Days unless previously approved by the Division.

Please contact Division B at 504-407-0210 for upcoming Rule dates.

TRIALS

A Motion to Set for Trial may be filed by either party after all issues have been joined and preliminary matters have been disposed of. ALL DISCOVERY MUST BE COMPLETE. Motions to set for trial must state the length of time the trial is expected to last, and whether it is a bench or a jury trial. Motions to set for trial filed without a certification that all discovery has been completed, will be set for a scheduling conference.

For JURY TRIALS, the parties shall submit joint jury instructions and joint jury interrogatories (via hard copy and e-mail) to the court seven (7) working days prior to trial. [Jury Orders will only be issued after the matter has been set for trial.]

For BENCH TRIALS, all parties are required to submit a Quantum Study 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) in advance of the trial date. Parties shall also submit proposed judgments and proposed findings of fact 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) in advance of the trial date.

Plaintiffs shall submit a list of special damages seven (7) working days prior to trial.

Trials are scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM.

CONFERENCES

Settlement and/or Status conferences with the Judge will only be set by filing the appropriate motion. Position papers are due forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the conference (exclusive of weekends and holidays).

Motions to set for trial filed without a certification that all discovery has been completed, will be set for a scheduling conference. Jury Orders will only be issued after the matter has been set for trial.

MOTIONS

All Motions/Exceptions must be filed with the appropriate number of copies necessary for service as well as a courtesy copy for the Judge/Law Clerk.

If you want the motion to be served upon opposing counsel/parties through the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office, you must affix a completed sheriff’s coversheet to each copy you wish to be served (COURT STAFF IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO COMPLETE SHERIFF COVERSHEETS).

If you wish that a conformed copy of your motion be returned to you, please attach a self-addressed, stamped envelope to your copy.

All Motions to Continue must indicate if all parties have been notified and if there is any opposition to the continuance.

All opposition memos must be filed at least eight (8) working days prior to the hearing, pursuant to the "Rules for Louisiana District Courts". A copy must also be delivered to the law clerk on the same day it is filed.

Motions to Withdraw must include all provisions outlined in the New Uniform District Court Rule 9.13 which includes, but not limited to, the last known address of the client, an assertion that the client has been informed of the intent to withdraw and any pending dates as well as a copy of the correspondence sent to the client informing him/her of your intent to withdraw.

All Motions to Compel must have a Rule 10.1 Certificate attached. A rule date will not be set if there is no certificate.

Motions for Summary Judgment must follow La C.C.P art. 966. They must be filed and served sixty (60) days prior to trial and disposed of at least thirty (30) days prior to the trial date. Oppositions must be filed fifteen (15) working days prior to the hearing. A courtesy copy must be delivered to the law clerk on the date of filing.

There will be NO LIVE TESTIMONY taken on Rule Days unless previously approved by the Division.

Motions to set for trial filed without a certification that all discovery has been completed, will be set for a scheduling conference.

JUDGMENTS

Judgments are to be submitted within 10 days of the hearing.

The person preparing the judgment should present a copy to the opposing party at least 5 days prior to submission to the Judge and attach a Rule 9.5 certificate.

*NOTE: YOUR JUDGMENT WILL BE DENIED IF THE 9.5 CERTIFICATE IS NOT ATTACHED.

Consent Judgments are to be submitted within 14 days of the hearing. Signatures of representatives of the parties to the Consent Judgment shall be affixed to the Consent Judgment.

*NOTE: JUDGMENTS WILL NOT BE SIGNED IF THE JUDGE’S SIGNATURE LINE APPEARS ON A PAGE BY ITSELF.

TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS

Transcript requests should be directed to the Court Reporter, Barbara Burger, CCR, via email at bburger@orleanscdc.com . Please include the case caption, case number, and date of hearing.


           ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & FORMS

Division "B" has made the following information available through this website (Click to be routed to desired information):

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