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Free Self-Help Desk for Litigants in Family Court Who Have Not Hired Attorneys

Orleans and Jefferson Parishes now have Self-Help Desks for unrepresented litigants. If you are considering a divorce, have filed a petition in the courts for custody or visitation, or have been served with a petition for divorce or for custody and visitation and have not hired an attorney, the Self-Help Desks in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes may be able to assist you.

According to the web site of the Civil District for the Parish of Orleans,

“The Self-Help desk is located [in the courthouse at] 421 Loyola Avenue on the fourth floor. It is open on Monday and Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm and from 1pm-3pm and on Fridays from 10am-12pm. The Self-Help desk in the Clerk’s Office will provide assistance for family matters such as divorce, domestic abuse, restraining orders, child support, and child custody.”

The Louisiana State Bar Association’s web site states the following with reference to the Jefferson Parish Court’s website:

“The 24th Judicial District Court, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, is launching a new self-help desk for individuals with domestic legal issues in Jefferson Parish. The 24th JDC Self-Help Resource Center opened on Oct. 2 in the Judicial Administration Conference Room, 2nd floor of the 24th JDC, 200 Derbigny St., Gretna. Thereafter, the Center will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Center is staffed by LCJC attorneys and lawyer volunteers from the Jefferson Bar Association. For more information about the services provided, email Jonathan Rhodes at”

The Self-Help Desks in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are staffed with volunteer lawyers who assist individuals with family, divorce, and domestic legal issues in the courts. The services are free to litigants. Although the attorneys do not provide legal advice, they do provide legal information about matters related to divorce, custody, visitation and other family matters.


Sources – The Louisiana State Bar Association’s web site, and

The web site of the Civil District for the Parish of Orleans,

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