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Hon. Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Judge
Division "D" - Section 12

421 Loyola Avenue, Room 412
New Orleans, LA  70112
Phone:  (504) 407-0230
FAX:  (504) 558-


Minute Clerk: Dawn Taylor
Law Clerk
: Jennifer Gordon Lampton

Law Clerk: Taylor Burnham

Court Reporter: Shannon Jarrell


Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.


Rule dates:

January 19, 2018 February 9, 2018
February 23, 2018 March 9, 2018
March 23, 2018 April 27, 2018


No witnesses will be permitted without prior approval from the Court.

Memoranda supporting or opposing motions or exceptions are due eight days before the hearing as required by Rule 9.9 of the Local Rules. Failure to comply with this rule may result in forfeiture of oral argument. Please submit a courtesy copy to chambers along with filing it in the record.

Continuances of rules - In order for a rule to be continued, the party requesting the rule must submit written confirmation via fax or email to the law clerk that the adverse parties have been contacted and have no objection to the continuance. The party requesting the continuance should also file a motion to reset along with service sheets and instructions. If there is an objection, a contradictory hearing will take place on the set rule date.


In order to schedule a status conference, a motion to set status conference must be filed. Once the motion to set status conference is received, the minute clerk will send the mover available dates to circulate to all counsel to choose an agreeable date. A notice of status conference will be mailed to the parties.


In order to schedule a settlement conference date, a motion to set settlement conference must be filed. Once the motion to set settlement conference is received, the law clerk with send a notice to all counsel of the conference date. Position papers are due 72 hours prior to the conference.


A Motion to Set for Trial on the Merits may be filed by either party only after the case is ready for trial in accordance with Rule 10, Section I. ALL discovery must be complete. Once the motion is received, the minute clerk will assign a date for a pre-trial conference to select a trial date. A notice of the pretrial conference will be mailed to the parties. Pre-Trial conferences must be attended in person and cannot be conducted by telephone, unless the parties are from out of town.

Joint Pre-Trial Outlines - are due 30 days before trial. Please submit a courtesy copy to chambers along with filing it in the record.

Exhibit Books - The parties shall have a conference date with each other at least ten days prior to trial to exchange exhibits and determine what exhibits are agreed upon as being authenticated and admissible. All exhibits that are agreed upon as being both authenticated and admissible should be labeled as "Joint Exhibit No. ____" and put in binders. All other exhibits shall be labeled as either "Plaintiff Exhibit No. ____" or "Defendant Exhibit No.____" and put in binders. An exhibit list should be included of all exhibits. Those exhibits that are objected to should indicate whether it is for admissibility or authenticity or both. Each party should have an exhibit book for themselves, the opposing party, the judge, and the witness.

Jury trials - The parties shall submit proposed jury instructions and jury interrogatories to the court ten days prior to trial. Please provide a courtesy hard copy along with an electronic copy in Microsoft Word on a flash drive, CD, or email to the law clerk.

Video display systems - ELMO interactive documentation display systems and other video display systems are available for use in our courtroom. These services/tools are available for reservation for a small fee and should be reserved at least 48 business hours in advance of the event; all equipment and services are first come, first served. Please complete the video request form on the court's website to make your reservation.

Continuance of trials - A written motion to continue trial must be filed with the court. The motion must contain a brief reason for the continuance, whether this is the first request for a continuance, and whether the opposing party objects to the continuance. It is within the judge's sole discretion to grant or deny the continuance. If the continuance is contested, the judge will hear the motion to continue on the morning of trial.


Judgments must be submitted within ten days of the hearing/trial. Please include the names of all attorneys or parties who need to be notified, including their bar numbers, addresses, and emails, on all judgments. The party preparing the judgment must circulate the judgment and attach a 9.5 certificate.

*If the parties are in disagreement with the judgment, they should request a transcript from the court reporter and attach a copy to their proposed judgment.

After the judgment is signed, the original is filed in the record and a certified copy of the judgment and notice of signing of judgment will be mailed to all parties as per Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure Article 1913. Additional copies of judgments may be obtained from the Clerk's Office.


All matters relating to court costs or judicial interest rates are to be directed to the Clerk's Office at (504) 407-0000.

All matters relating to service costs are to be directed to the Sheriff's Office at (504) 523-6143.

Motion to Set for Trial on the Merits

Jury Bond

Division D Standard Jury Charges

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