Documents filed with the Clerk of Court become part of the official records of the parish. These records, with few exceptions, are available to the public for viewing. The records date to the time Louisiana became a state and many have been digitized.
In the recording department, the Clerk of Court receives, files, and indexes all conveyances, mortgages, and other authentic acts presented for recordation. Documents evidencing conveyance or transfer of ownership are often used by attorneys and abstractors in certifying title on a parcel of real estate. Mortgages, liens, and other encumbrances are usually reviewed prior to the purchase of real estate. Marriage records, recorded wills, corporate charters, and many other records are also available for viewing in the recording department.
The civil department receives and maintains documents filed in civil suits and probates. The specific record contains all pleadings, such as petitions, motions, and answers, filed in the suit. Civil suits include those for damages, divorces, monies due, child support cases, property disputes, and numerous other actions.
Records of criminal charges, as evidenced by Bills of Information, are stored in the criminal department. Bills of Information, minute entries, and other documents comprise a criminal record. The criminal department also maintains records of traffic violations processed through the 18th Judicial District Court.
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