32nd Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: Terrebonne

District Defender/Supervisor:
Anthony Champagne
504 Belanger Street
Houma, LA 70360
(985) 873-6831

General District Information:
In the 32nd Judicial District, there are five sections of District Court and one City Court (Houma). There is a specialty drug court program. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported a total population of 111,860 adults, 29,123 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in this district is Anthony Champagne, who has served in the position for 26 years and been a public defender in Louisiana for 26 years. The 32nd Public Defenders’ Office is a mixed staff and contract public defender office. At the end of 212 the district reported two full-time staff attorneys in addition to the District Defender, five part-time staff attorneys and thirteen part-time contract or conflict attorneys. There are no restrictions on private attorney practice outside of the Public Defenders’ Office. The District Defender supervises all staff, and there is no caseload reduction provided to him. The office also has seven non-attorney staff members.

Juvenile Defense:
Juvenile cases are heard by one City Court Judge in the 32nd Judicial District. Two attorneys handle juvenile cases in this district.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 32nd Judicial District, a judge makes the initial determination of indigence which is then reviewed for concurrence or disagreement by the District Defender. Adult clients are held in Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex. Juvenile clients are held in Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

Fees and Accounting:
The 32nd Public Defenders’ Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, 2,631 applications were received for services. No fees were waived or reduced for applicants. A total of $19,120 was collected in application fees. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee to support local public defender services in every case resulting in a conviction. In 2012, the district received $743,690 in special cost fees, collected by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. Courts in this district also may assess partial indigence payments for services based on a client’s ability to pay. Any resulting payments are collected by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Clerk of Court for the City Court of Houma. In 2012, the district office received $19,210 in partial payment for services. All accounting functions for the 32nd Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office are handled internally by staff.

Caseload:
The 32nd Public Defenders’ Office reported handling 4,533 cases in 2012. Of those, 1,317 involved juvenile matters, including 210 Child in Need of Care representations.

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Terrebonne Information

Demographics:
Land Area (square miles): 1,231.82
Population Density (per square mile): 90.8
Population: 111,860
Black: 18.9%
Hispanic: 4%
White: 70.3%
Other: 6.7%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 12%
High School Completion: 73%
Children in Special Education: 2,952
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 13.8%
Median Household Income: $48,437
Living Below the Poverty Line: 17.4%
Children (persons under 18): 26%
Child Population in Poverty: 26%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 89

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Link to Terrebonne Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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