30th Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: Vernon

District Defender/Supervisor:
Tony Tillman
501 South 4th Street
Leesville, LA, 71496
(337) 392-3077

General District Information:
In the 30th Judicial District, there are three sections of District Court and one City Court (Leesville). There is a specialty drug court program in this district. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported a total population of 52,334 in this district, 14,512 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in this district is Tony Tillman, who has served in that position for four years and has been a public defender in Louisiana for 30 years. The 30th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office is a contract public defenders' office. At the end of 12 the district reported six part-time contract attorneys in addition to the District Defender. There are no restrictions on private attorney practice outside of the Public Defenders' Office. The District Defender supervises all staff, and no caseload reduction is provided to him. The office also has four non-attorney staff members.

Juvenile Defense:
Juvenile cases are heard by District and City Court Judges in the 30th Judicial District. All attorneys handle juvenile cases.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 30th Judicial District, the Public Defenders' Office makes the determination of indigence. Adult clients are held at the Vernon Parish Jail or the Leesville City Jail. Juvenile clients are held in Ware Youth Center (Coushatta).

Fees and Accounting:
The 30th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, 881 applications were received for services. Fees were not reduced for any applicants. A total of $8,900 was collected for application fees. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee to support local public defender services in every case resulting in a conviction. In 2012, the district received $316,898 in special cost fees which were collected by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and the Clerk of Court for the Leesville City Court. Courts in this district also may assess partial indigence payments for services based on a client's ability to pay. The district received $51,056 in partial indigence payments which were collected by the Felony and Misdemeanor Probation Offices.

The 30th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office reported handling 2,689 cases in 2012. Of those, 151 involved juvenile matters, including 103 Child in Need of Care representations.

Vernon Information

Land Area (square miles): 1,327.91
Population Density (per square mile): 39.4
Population: 52,334
Black: 14.2%
Hispanic: 7.2%
White: 75.7%
Other: 3.2%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 8.1%
High School Completion: 84.5%
Children in Special Education: 1,614 (Non-public: 0)
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 15.6%
Median Household Income: $42,554
Living Below the Poverty Line: 15%
Children (persons under 18): 27.7%
Child Population in Poverty: 21%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 38


Link to Vernon Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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