Ouachita Parish Office
(318) 388-4720
Morehouse Parish Office
(318) 281-4907

DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S PUBLIC NOTICE AS TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)

Due to current health concerns regarding COVID-19 and in the interest of protecting the health of the community and our employees, the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office for the parishes of Ouachita and Morehouse is asking the public to limit visits to the DA’s office for any non-critical purposes. Therefore, if you fall into one of the following high risk categories, please DO NOT physically enter the Courthouse Annex except in cases of Emergency:

 

  • Persons who have been in any of the following countries within the last 14 days:
    • CHINA, SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN, ITALY, IRAN

(This list may be updated as further guidance is received);

 

  • Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has been in one of the countries listed above within the last 14 days;

 

  • Persons what have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency;

 

  • Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; and

 

  • Persons exhibiting symptoms unusual to you that are among the CDC identified symptoms (these have been identified as fever, cough, or shortness of breath).

 

PER THE MARCH 13, 2020 ORDER OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT FOR THE PARISHES OF OUACHITA AND MOREHOUSE

 

Effective March 16, 2020, 8:00 a.m. through Friday, April 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.:

 

  • All jury trials, both civil and criminal, are hereby continued, to be reset by Order;

 

  • All criminal trials, hearings, and court appearances are hereby continued, to be reset by order, except for 72 hour hearings and arraignments for those incarcerated persons only and bond hearings;  

 

  • All Non-support matters are hereby continued, to be reset by order.

 

If you have a scheduled hearing, appointment, traffic ticket due date, need a Protective Order, or other questions please contact the following:

 

  • If you are represented by an attorney, please contact the attorney.  If you are represented by an IDB attorney but do not know the identity of the attorney or his/her contact information, please contact the IDB at 323-0105;

 

  • If you have been subpoenaed by an attorney, please contact the subpoenaing attorney for further direction;

 

  • If you are an attorney or a pro se party, and you are scheduled to appear in court for a criminal proceeding for the dates of March 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. through to April 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., please contact the Office of the District Attorney:  Ouachita 318-388-4566; Morehouse 318-281-4907;

 

  • For Protective Orders please call 318-338-4720 (Ouachita) or 318-281-4907 (Morehouse);

 

  • You may make payments for Traffic Citations at OPSO.net (click on “Traffic Payments”) or have traffic ticket questions contact for Ouachita Parish:  traffic@4thda.org or 318-388-4448 or for Morehouse Parish: morehousetraffic@4thda.org or 318-281-4907;

 

  • If you are scheduled to meet with a Probation Department Officer, please contact the appropriate officer or the main number:  Felony Probation 318-362-3171; Misdemeanor Probation 318-361-2292;

 

  • If you are a participant of Drug Court or DWI Court please contact your assigned Case Manager or the Probation Department for further instruction;

 

  • If you have a scheduled matter with Juvenile Court please contact your direct Probation Officer and/or Case Worker.  If unable to make contact with either, then contact the Juvenile Office at 318-327-3415; 

 

  • If you have been summoned for jury duty, please contact the Jury Administration at 318-327-1444 (Ouachita) or 318-281-3343 (Morehouse);

 

  • For any other questions or concerns call the Office of the District Attorney:  Felony Matters 318-388-4566; Misdemeanor Matters 318-388-4448 or 4thda.org.

 

Hopefully, these measures will allow the District Attorney’s Office to continue to provide necessary services to the public while protecting our communities. 

 

Robert S. Tew

Fourth Judicial District Attorney