24th Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: Jefferson

District Defender/Supervisor:
Richard M. Tompson
848 2nd Street, 3rd Floor
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 364-2824

General District Information:
In the 24th Judicial District, there are 16 sections of District Court and four sections of Parish Court (two in Metairie and two in Gretna). There is one City Court in Kenner, one Commissioner's Court and one Magistrate Court. There is a drug court program in this district. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported a total population of 432,552 in this district, 97,397 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in the 24th Judicial District is Richard M. Tompson, who has served in that position for 23 years and has been a public defender in Louisiana for 24 years. The 24th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office is a contract public defenders' office. At the end of 2012 the district reported 39 part-time contract attorneys, and the District Defender. Attorneys are not permitted to represent clients in private criminal cases within the 24th Judicial District. The District Defender supervises all staff, and no caseload reduction is provided to him. The office also has four administrative staff members.

Juvenile Defense:
The 24th Judicial District has one of the four juvenile courts in Louisiana and this court has three sections. Several attorneys handle juvenile cases.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 24th Judicial District, the Court makes the determination of indigence. Adult clients are held at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. Juvenile clients are held at the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center.

Fees and Accounting:
The 24th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, 7,528 applications were received for services. A total of $40,073 in application fees was collected. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee. In 2012, the district received $2,186,654 in special cost fees, collected by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Courts in this district may also assess partial indigence payments for services based on a client's ability to pay. Any resulting payments are collected by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. All accounting functions for the 24th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office are handled internally by staff.

The 24th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office handled 11,271 cases in 2012. Of those, 2,481 involved juvenile matters, including 586 Child in Need of Care representations.

Jefferson Information

Land Area (square miles): 296.63
Population Density (per square mile): 1,463.1
Population: 432,552
Black: 26.3%
Hispanic: 12.4%
White: 62.9%
Other: 4.4%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 14,1%
High School Completion: 82.5%
Children in Special Education: 8,289
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 23%
Median Household Income: $46,428
Living Below the Poverty Line: 13.7%
Children (persons under 18): 22.5%
Child Population in Poverty: 25%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 125


Link to Jefferson Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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