22nd Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: St Tammany

District Defender/Supervisor:
John W. Lindner, II
402 North Jefferson Avenue
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 892-5002

General District Information:
In the 22nd Judicial District, there are 17 sections of District Court and three City Courts in Bogalusa (five sections), Covington, and Slidell (five sections). There is a drug court program for adults and juveniles, a DWI court, a mental health court and a career criminal court. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported a total population of 280,908 in this district, 71,999 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in the 22nd Judicial District is John Lindner, II, who has served in that position for one year and has been a public defender in Louisiana for 13 years. The 22nd Judicial District Public Defenders' Office is a mixed staff and contract public defenders' office. At the end of 2012 the district reported 16 full-time staff attorneys, in addition to the District Defender, and ten contract attorneys. Staff attorneys are permitted to represent clients in private civil cases but not in private criminal cases per office policy. Staff attorneys may accept appointments in the Federal Public Defenders' Office or in other state judicial districts if a system of reciprocity has been established with that district. The District Defender is assisted by two supervising attorneys, and no caseload reduction is provided to him. The office also has three investigators and 10 administrative staff members.

Juvenile Defense:
Juvenile cases are heard by District and City Court Judges in the 22nd Judicial District. Several staff attorneys and contract attorneys handle all juvenile cases.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 22nd Judicial District, the Public Defenders' Office makes the determination of indigence. Adult clients are held at the St. Tammany or Washington Parish Jails, the Slidell City Police Corrections Division or the Bogalusa City Jail. Juvenile clients are held at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.

Fees and Accounting:
The 22nd Judicial District Public Defenders' Office collects the statutory $40 application fees from clients. In 2012, approximately 4,750 applications were received for services. Fees were waived for approximately 1,807 applicants and no fees were reduced. A total of $75,477 was collected for 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. In 2012, the district received $951,150 in special cost fees, collected by the St. Tammany and Washington Parish Sheriffs' Offices and the clerks of the City Courts. Partial indigence fees are not assessed. All accounting functions for the 22nd Judicial District Public Defenders' Office are handled internally by staff.

The 22nd Judicial District Public Defenders' Office reported handling 13,577 cases in 2012. Of those, 3,087 involved juvenile matters, including 2,122 Child in Need of Care representations.

St Tammany Information

Land Area (square miles): 845.55
Population Density (per square mile): 276.4
Population: 233,740
Black: 11.4%
Hispanic: 4.7%
White: 83.6%
Other: 1.8%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 6.1%
High School Completion: 88%
Children in Special Education: 9,561
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 30.1%
Median Household Income: $60,866
Living Below the Poverty Line: 9.4%
Children (persons under 18): 25.7%
Child Population in Poverty: 14%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 223


Link to St. Tammany Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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