40th Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: St John the Baptist

District Defender/Supervisor:
Richard B. Stricks
75 Dominican Drive, Suite 202
LaPlace, LA 70068
(985) 651-6677

General District Information:
In the 40th Judicial District, there are three sections of District Court and no City Courts. There is a drug court program and a truancy court program in this district. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported a total population of 45,924 in this district, 12,356 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in this district is Richard B. Stricks, who has served in the position for 17 years and has been a public defender for 17 years. The 40th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office is a mixed staff and contract public defenders' office. At the end of 2012 the district reported a full-time District Defender, two part-time staff attorneys, and nine part-time contract attorneys.

Juvenile Defense:
Juvenile cases are heard by District Judges in the 40th Judicial District. All attorneys handle juvenile cases in this district.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 40th Judicial District, the Public Defenders' Office makes the determination of indigence. Adult clients are usually held in facilities at Sherman Walker Correctional Center or St. John Parish Prison. Juvenile clients are held in St. James Youth Center.

Fees and Accounting:
The 40th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, approximately 235 applications were received for services. Fees were only waived for clients with several pending cases and were not reduced for any applicants. A total of $9,851 in application fees was collected. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee in some cases resulting in a conviction to support local public defender services. Special fees may be waived if clients face a long term of incarceration without suspension or when defenders request credit for time served in lieu of payment. In 2012, the district received $552,474 in special cost fees, which were collected by the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office. The Public Defenders' Office may assess partial indigence payments for services based on a client's ability to pay. In 2012, $6,828 in partial indigence payments was collected by the Public Defenders' Office.

Caseload:
The 40th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office reported handling 2,432 cases in 2012. Of those, 340 involved juvenile matters, including 104 Child in Need of Care representations.

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St John the Baptist Information

Demographics:
Land Area (square miles): 213.07
Population Density (per square mile): 215.5
Population: 45,924
Black: 53.5%
Hispanic: 4.7%
White: 42.5%
Other: 1%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 6.7%
High School Completion: 81.5%
Children in Special Education: 990
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 15.8%
Median Household Income: $47,666
Living Below the Poverty Line: 15.5%
Children (persons under 18): 26.9%
Child Population in Poverty: 29%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 17

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Link to St. John the Baptist Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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