21st Judicial District
Last updated on: February 6, 2013
303 East Oak Street
Amite, LA 70422
General District Information:
In the 21st Judicial District, there are nine sections of District Court in the three parishes. There are two city courts (Hammond and Denham Springs), two Mayor’s Courts (Ponchatoula and Walker), and one District Magistrate Court. There are drug and mental health courts as well as specialty court programs for non-support, paternity, and protective orders. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported a total population of 260,326 adults, 68,513 of whom are children.
The District Defender in the 21st Judicial District is Reginald McIntyre, who has served in the position for more than 13 years and has been a public defender in Louisiana for 23 years. The 21st Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office is a mixed staff and contract public defenders’ office. At the end of 2012 the district reported 18 staff attorneys, in addition to the District Defender, and 13 contract attorneys. Staff attorneys are not permitted to handle private criminal cases within the district. Contract attorneys may handle both criminal and civil private cases. In addition to the District Defender, there are three supervising attorneys and one First Assistant District Defender. A caseload reduction is provided for supervising attorneys. The office also has three investigators and 14 administrative staff members.
Juvenile cases are heard by one District Judge and two City Court Judges in the 21st Judicial District. Numerous attorneys handle juvenile cases.
Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 21st Judicial District, a judge makes the determination of indigence. Adult clients are held at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, the Livingston Parish Prison, St. Helena Parish Jail, or Hammond City Jail. If held outside of the district, adult clients are held at the Riverbend Detention Center, Caldwell Detention Center, Claiborne Parish Detention Center, Richland Parish Detention Center, or Catahoula Parish Jail. Juvenile clients are held in the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
Fees and Accounting:
The 21st Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, 5,795 applications were received for services. No fees were waived or reduced for applicants. A total of $51,975 was collected for application fees. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee in every case resulting in a conviction to support local public defender services. In 2012, the district received $1,263,283 in special cost fees, collected by the Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs’ Offices. Courts in this district do not assess partial indigence payments for services.
The 21st Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office reported handling 20,584 cases in 2012. Of those, 4,766 involved juvenile matters, including 3,196 Child in Need of Care representations.
Land Area (square miles): 648.17
Population Density (per square mile): 197.5
Non-English Spoken at Home: 3.4%
High School Completion: 83.2%
Children in Special Education: 4,014
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 15.6%
Median Household Income: $54,708
Living Below the Poverty Line: 11.4%
Children (persons under 18): 27.6%
Child Population in Poverty: 17%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 78
Link to Livingston Parish Census
Kids Count Report