The Criminal Department is responsible for the filing of all formal
charges from the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office in the Parish of Lafayette,
Louisiana. This department handles all felony charges that fall under the Louisiana Code
of Criminal Procedures and occur within the Parish of Lafayette. Misdemeanor charges are
handled in the municipal courts, if such occurrence is within their city limits, otherwise
our office will receive a Bill of Information/Indictment charging the defendant in our
The Criminal Department sends notice to the defendant's in each case, as
well as notify his/her attorney and bondsman. At the request of the State or defendant the
Criminal Department will issue subpoenas to witnesses requiring their presence in court.
The Criminal Department consists of Minute Clerks, whose
responsibilities are to transcribe an outline of what occurs in court, administer the oath
to all jurors and witnesses and keep all evidence introduced by either the State or the
defendant; Processing Clerks, are responsible for the setting of cases to be heard in
court for each Judge, and the issuing of subpoenas and posting of all motions and orders
into the computer system, that are filed in the department.