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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-
0060

          STAFF

Minute Clerk: Dawn Taylor
dtaylor@orleanscdc.com
Law Clerk
: Jennifer Gordon Lampton
jlampton@orleanscdc.com

Law Clerk: Taylor Burnham
tburnham@orleanscdc.com

Court Reporter: Shannon Jarrell
sjarrell@orleanscdc.com


OFFICE HOURS

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


Rules

Rule dates:

June 16, 2017
June 30, 2017
July 14, 2017 July 21, 2017
August 25, 2017
September 8, 2017 September 22, 2017


RULE PROCEDURE

All Motions to Compel must be accompanied by a certificate that counsel have conferred to amicably resolve the dispute, in accordance with the Uniform District Court Rules. Rules are generally set for 9:00 a.m. Please call the division for confirmation of a date. Pursuant to Local Rule 9.9, hearing dates will not be set without providing a courtesy copy of the motion and memorandum to the division chambers.

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.

STATUS CONFERENCES

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.

SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES WITH THE JUDGE

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.

TRIALS

A motion to set trial may be filed by either party only after ALL discovery is 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

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.

COURT COSTS AND JUDICIAL INTEREST

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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