1st Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: Caddo

District Defender/Supervisor:
Alan Golden
400 Travis Street, Suite 2000
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 221-2220

General District Information:
In the 1st Judicial District, there are five sections of District Court and one City Court (Shreveport). There is a drug court program in this district. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported an estimated total population of 254,969 in this district, 62,654 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in this district is Alan Golden, who has served in the position more than 14 years and has been a public defender in Louisiana more than 21. The 1st Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office is a full-time public defenders’ office. At the end of 2012 the district reported 22 full-time staff attorneys in addition to the District Defender and 13 part-time contract attorneys. The office has a written private practice policy. In addition to the District Defender, five senior staff attorneys, one juvenile court supervisor, and one juvenile supervising attorney supervise attorneys in their sections. No caseload reduction is provided to supervising attorneys. The district also has 18 non-attorney staff members.

Juvenile Defense:
The 1st Judicial District has one of Louisiana’s four juvenile courts. There are three sections of juvenile court. This district also handles juvenile cases for the 39th Judicial District (Red River Parish), which are heard in one section of District Court. There are five full-time juvenile defenders, including the supervising juvenile attorney, Kristen Bernard, and several part-time contract juvenile attorneys.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 1st Judicial District, the Court makes the initial determination of indigence, with further determinations of eligibility for services performed by the Public Defenders’ Office. Adult clients are held at the Caddo Correctional Center. Juvenile clients are held at the Caddo Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

Fees and Accounting:
The 1st Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. Fees were waived for 14 applicants and were not reduced for any applicants. In 2012, 3,135 applications were received for services. A total of $45,548 was collected in application fees. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee, in some cases resulting in a conviction to support local public defender services. These fees are waived for clients unable to pay them and are consolidated in cases involving multiple offenses. In 2012, the district received $1,286,622 in special fees, collected by the City Marshal’s (City Court) and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office (District Court). Courts in this district may also assess partial indigence payments for services based on clients’ ability to pay, ranging from $300 to $500 based on the offense. These fees may be reduced or waived. These payments are collected by the Public Defenders’ Office, the state Division of Probation and Parole, or the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. All accounting functions for this district’s Public Defenders’ Office are handled by the Caddo Parish Commission.

Caseload:
The 1st Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office reported handling 22,583 cases in 2012. Of those, 3,876 involved juvenile matters, including 744 Child in Need of Care representations.

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Caddo Information

Demographics:
Land Area (square miles): 878.54
Population Density (per square mile): 290.2
Population: 254,969
Black: 47.2%
Hispanic: 2.6%
White: 49%
Other: 1.5%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 3.6%
High School Completion: 83.2%
Children in Special Education: 6,045
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 22.3%
Median Household Income: $38,095
Living Below the Poverty Line: 16.4%
Children (persons under 18): 16.9%
Child Population in Poverty: 31%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 282

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Link to Caddo Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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