18th Judicial District

Last updated on: February 6, 2013

Parish: West Baton Rouge

District Defender/Supervisor:
C. Jerome D'Aquila
308 East Main Street
New Roads, LA 70764
(225) 683-9083

General District Information:
In the 18th Judicial District, there are four sections of District Court and one City Court (Port Allen). There is a drug court program and a non-support court program. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported an estimated total population of 79,977 in this district, 18,904 of whom are children.

District Staff:
The District Defender in this district is C. Jerome D'Aquila, who has served in the position for 40years and has been a public defender in Louisiana for 40 years. The 18th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office is a contract public defenders' office. At the end of 2012 the district reported 10 part-time public defense attorneys in addition to the District Defender. Attorneys may handle private cases for public defender clients if they are retained prior to being appointed as the Public Defender for that client. In addition to the District Defender, there is one supervising attorney. A caseload reduction is provided for supervising attorneys. The office also has one investigator and five non-attorney staff members.

Juvenile Defense:
Juvenile cases are heard by District Judges in the 18th Judicial District.

Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 18th Judicial District, the Court makes the determination of indigence. Adult clients are held at the West Baton Rouge Detention Center, Pointe Coupee Detention Center, or Iberville Parish Jail. Juvenile clients are held at the St. James Parish Youth Center.

Fees and Accounting:
The 18th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, 302 applications were received for services. Fees were not waived or reduced for any applicants. A total of $13,840 was collected in application fees. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee in every case based on case appointments, not convictions, to support local public defender services. Due to amalgamated remittance documentation, special fees cannot be isolated and reported separately from other remittances. These special fees are collected by the Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs' Offices. Partial indigence fees are not assessed in this district. All accounting functions for the 18th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office are handled internally by staff.

The 18th Judicial District Public Defenders' Office reported handling 2,949 cases in 2012. Of those, 540 involved juvenile matters, including 282 Child in Need of Care representations.

West Baton Rouge Information

Land Area (square miles): 192.39
Population Density (per square mile): 123.6
Population: 23,788
Black: 37.7%
Hispanic: 2.3%
White: 60%
Other: .4%
Non-English Spoken at Home: 5.5%
High School Completion: 80.9%
Children in Special Education: 529
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 16.5%
Median Household Income: $47,298
Living Below the Poverty Line: 16%
Children (persons under 18): 24.9%
Child Population in Poverty: 22%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 35


Link to West Baton Rouge Parish Census

Kids Count Report

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