13th Judicial District
Last updated on: February 6, 2013
Alex D. Chapman, Jr.
801 West Lincoln Road
Ville Platte, LA 70586
General District Information:
In the 13th Judicial District, there are two sections of District Court and one City Court (Ville Platte). There are no specialty courts. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported an estimated total population of 33,984 in this district, 9,167 of whom are children.
The District Defender in this district is Alex D. Chapman, Jr., who has served in the position for seven years and has been a public defender in Louisiana for 14 years. The 13th Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office is a contract public defenders’ office. At the end of 2102 the district reported six part-time contract attorneys in addition to the District Defender. There are no restrictions on private practice outside of the Public Defenders’ Office, however, this private practice is very rare. In addition to the District Defender, there is one supervising attorney. No caseload reduction is provided for the supervising attorney. The office also has four administrative staff members.
Juvenile cases are heard by all judges in the 13th Judicial District. Two juvenile attorneys handle all juvenile cases.
Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 13th Judicial District, a judge makes the determination of indigence. Adult clients are usually held at the Evangeline Parish Jail, Basile Correctional, Pine Prairie Correctional Center, Mamou City Jail, and Ville Platte City Jail. When held outside of the district, adult clients may be held at Allen Correctional Center, Avoyelles Bunkie Detention Center, and Avoyelles Women’s Correctional Center. There are no juvenile facilities that hold juvenile clients from this district.
Fees and Accounting:
The 13th Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office does not collect the statutory $40 application fee or partial reimbursement payments from clients. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee in every case resulting in a conviction. In 2012, the district received $97,361 in special cost fees, collected by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ville Platte City Court, and the district’s probation and parole department. All accounting functions for this district’s Public Defenders’ Office are handled internally by staff.
The 13th Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office reported handling 2,663 cases in 2012. Of those, 567 involved juvenile matters, including five Child in Need of Care representations.
Land Area (square miles): 662.38
Population Density (per square mile): 51.3
Non-English Spoken at Home: 22.1%
High School Completion: 66.4%
Children in Special Education: 904
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 10.8%
Median Household Income: $30,897
Living Below the Poverty Line: 21.7%
Children (persons under 18): 27%
Child Population in Poverty: 32%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 53
Link to Evangeline Parish Census
Kids Count Report