Hon. Angelique A. Reed, Judge
Section "B" -
First City Court
421 Loyola Avenue, Room 202
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 407-0350
Crier: Joseph Jones
Law Clerk: Tracy Joseph
Court Reporter: Alcerdes Coignet
Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
GENERAL INFORMATION & PROCEDURES
First City Court handles evictions, small
claims, tenant landlord disputes, contract disputes, and personal injury
claims under $25,000.00.
Court begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Pre-trial Conferences are required for all trials on the day of trial.
Pre-trial Conferences begin at 9:30 a.m.
Pre-trial Conferences are not conducted
pursuant to a Motion to Set for Trial. Trial dates can be selected
through the Minute Clerk/Deputy Clerk and are scheduled upon agreement
of all counsel.
The Party requesting a trial date must
contact all other parties to select a mutually convenient trial date
and certify to the court that the trial date is agreeable and that
discovery is completed, and all motions have been disposed of.
Local Rule 10 is strictly enforced. No
trial dates will be given unless discovery is completed and the matter
is ready for trial.
Continuances will not be granted
because discovery is not complete.
Rule dates will not be given once a
case is set for trial without leave of court.
Memorandas in Opposition to Rules are
due 72 hours before the hearing as required by Rule 8 of the Local
Rules. Failure to comply may result forfeiting your right to oral
Defaults may be
taken any morning court is in session at 9:30 a.m. or before court
begins. Defaults must be reviewed by the law clerk prior to
Confirm on the
11th day from service, 16th day from service on the Secretary of
No answer or
Filed updated by
Affidavit of Non
to view the default form for Section "B"
Oral testimony is required on all
defaults except open accounts.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
TO COMMON PROBLEMS
How do I set my case for
1). You must have a Rule 10
Conference (telephonic) with opposing counsel.
All parties must
agree that the case is ready for trial.
2). Call Section B to obtain
available trial dates.
3). To confirm the trial date on
the court docket all counsel must have a conference call with a Section B clerk in Judge Reed's office.
4). File a Motion to Set for
Trial with the Clerk's office, with selected trial date(s) written in and all service info/addresses completed.
5). Pay for service in the
6). The Clerk's office will send
notice to parties.
MOTIONS WHICH HAVE NOT COMPLIED
WITH THESE RULES SHALL BE DENIED
How are Rule dates selected?
Rules are scheduled Monday -
Friday and are selected by the Court.
What to do if my opponent
won't agree to a trial date?
File a Motion for Status
Conference wherein all parties must be present and a trial date
will be selected
with the Judge or Minute Clerk.
What to do if my opponent
won't move the case so that it can be set for trial?
File a Motion for Discovery
Cut-Off Dates and/or a Motion for Status Conference.
Will my rule be heard if
service is not perfected?
What is my position on
the Trial Docket?
The Court will try all cases set
on the docket for that day. All cases are number 1.
Are continuances ever
Rarely and for emergencies only
as the parties have certified that their case was ready for trial when the date was selected.
A Motion to Continue must be filed with an explanation of the reason for
continuance and a statement as to whether opposing counsel objects or not.
Are parties required to
submit Witness/Exhibit List prior to trial?
How do I know if my
opponent has been served?
Contact the Constable's Office at
When is ex-parte
communication with the Judge acceptable?
Never. Written correspondence to
the Judge is ex parte communication and will not be read by the
Judge. The staff will be happy to assist in resolving the problem.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS TO COMMON EVICTION PROBLEMS
I have repeatedly begged my
landlord to repair the property, but he refuses to do so. Can I refuse
to pay rent?
No. The tenant may not refuse to pay
the rent. However, under Louisiana Civil Code 2694 and case law, upon
breach by the landlord to repair the property, the tenant may make the
repairs and recover the reasonable cost of such repairs from the
landlord or charge it against the rent. This is so long as the tenant
first gives the landlord sufficient notice of needed repairs and the
landlord refuses to make repairs within a reasonable time. When the
repairs necessary to remedy a defect are of a substantial nature, the
tenant may make them if he or she chooses, or the tenant may remain in
possession and recover damages which incurred as a lack of repair.
I told my tenant to move
several times but he refuses to do so, what shall I do?
Begin the legal eviction process by
requesting a 5 day Notice to Vacate from the Constable's office or you
can use your own five day Notice to Vacate.
After receiving a Judgment
of Possession, may I throw the tenant's belongings on the sidewalk
myself to avoid paying the Constable?
Will the Court still evict
my tenant when I have accepted partial rent after the Rule for
Possession was filed?
No. Acceptance of any rent after the
Rule for Possession is filed voids the whole process.
Can't I just require my
landlord to use my security deposit in lieu of a month's rent if I am
having trouble paying the rent?
No. A security deposit is just that,
a deposit to secure return of the premises in good condition.
How long does my landlord
have to return my security deposit?
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