12th Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: Avoyelles

District Defender/Supervisor:
Bradley P. Dauzat
110 East Mark Street
Marksville, LA 71351
(318) 253-0091

General District Information:
In the 12th Judicial District, there are two sections of District Court and two City Courts (Marksville and Bunkie). There is a specialty drug court program in this district. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported an estimated total population of 42,073 in this district, 10,283 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in this district is Bradley P. Dauzat, who has been in the position for five years and has been a public defender in Louisiana for seven years. The 12th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office is a mixed staff and contract public defenders' office. At the end of 2012 the district reported one full-time staff attorney in addition to the District Defender and five part-time contract attorneys. There are no restrictions on private practice outside of the Public Defenders' Office, provided there is no conflict. In addition to the District Defender, there is a supervising attorney in each section of court. No caseload reduction is provided to supervising attorneys. The office also has two non-attorney staff members.

Juvenile Defense:
Juvenile cases are heard by District and City Court Judges in the 12th Judicial District. The staff attorney handles juvenile cases.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 12th Judicial District, the Judge makes the initial determination of indigence, with further determinations of eligibility for services made by the Public Defenders' Office. Adult female clients are held at the Avoyelles Simmesport Detention Center. Male clients are held at the Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office, or the Avoyelles Parish Jail. Juvenile clients are held at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office Temporary Housing. In special cases, adult or juvenile clients may be held in facilities in Rapides Parish.

Fees and Accounting:
The 12th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, 1,472 applications were received for services. Fees were waived for incarcerated applicants and were not reduced for any applicants. A total of $11,459 was collected in application fees. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee in every case resulting in a conviction to support local public defender services. These fees were collected by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office and City Court Clerks. The Public Defenders' Office is working with the Sheriff's Office to implement an accounting system for fees collected. Partial indigence payments are not assessed in this district. All accounting functions for the 12th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office are handled internally by staff.

The 12th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office reported handling 3,423 cases in 2012. Of those, 635 involved juvenile matters, including 48 Child in Need of Care representations.

Avoyelles Information

Land Area (square miles): 832.43
Population Density (per square mile): 50.5
Population: 42,073
Black: 29.5%
Hispanic: 1.4%
White: 67%
Other: 1.5%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 13%
High School Completion: 68.5%
Children in Special Education: 546
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 105
Median Household Income: $30,791
Living Below the Poverty Line: 24.9%
Children (persons under 18): 24.4%
Child Population in Poverty: 30%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 54


Link to Avoyelles Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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