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About Louisiana Open Public Record

The Louisiana Public Records Act, also known as Louisiana's Sunshine Law, was enacted by the state's legislature in 1940. In 1974, Louisiana adopted a new State Constitution which included a provision establishing, for the first time that public documents are presumed to be open for public inspection. The Louisiana Open Meeting Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted and was first enacted in 1952. There are some exemption to the Public Records Act. 911 tapes are exempt from open records requests as are closed investigation records however, active investigations are not. The state of Louisiana is divided into 64 political subdivisions called parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties. The state of Louisiana includes 4,087 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. The Louisiana State Police, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information provides criminal history information, when authorized by law. Search Louisiana public records using a plethora of research sources. Read about ongoing news stories and crime reports. Unearth an abundance of of recorded information including demographics and local economy. Learn about the government and resources of each individual county. You can also link to the city websites to find community services and see what entertainment and local attractions they have to offer their residents and visitors. You may request birth and death records from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Learn about the judicial court system and request records for court cases. Discover facts about the current economy, business and housing data. Find out about the background of residents and recorded statistics. Request Louisiana criminal records from law enforcement departments within the state. They can help you with information on prisons and convicted felons. Refer to this site often as New Louisiana sources are added on a regular basis for the best and most current services.
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Louisiana Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Louisiana Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Louisiana

  • Where can I access the public records in Louisiana without having to pay to see them?
    There are open court record searches without paying, try the Louisiana Free Court Records Search above. Also Individual county clerks, depending on their public services, provide case and docket searches. Police departments (such as Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office) publish inmate lists and more. If you want access to records without paying, you will need to dig them up, in many cases one record at a time from each entity. To see how others have accessed records, search answers and questions by using the form above. (Staff)
  • How do I obtain a copy of a 911 call that I made in Louisiana?
    You can call East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's office to obtain a copy of the report. (Staff)
  • How can I find if my husband has filed for divorce in Louisiana?
    Filing a divorce is similar to filing any other lawsuit. The divorce is filed with the clerk of court, most of them have an online civil case search. You can do these searches on your own with the public access. (Staff)
  • Where can I find a business public record in Louisiana, concerning Dago's Cantina, Inc?
    You would search the Louisiana secretary of state's business filings database which is open online to the public for free. (Staff)
  • How do I check in Louisiana, for a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of my deceased brother in 1987?
    Look up electronic court records, here's an example: Ascension Clerk of Court Electronic Search System ("ACCESS") Civil Suits Records July, 1982 to present. This would cover the records you're looking for as far as the time span goes. Without knowing where the case was filed, it's hard to say whether your situation is different. There's a link above to Louisiana courts, once you're on the state's judicial website, scroll down to where you see a hyperlink to "Clerks of court", that will take you to a list of clerks with their websites. That's how "Ascension Clerk of Court Electronic Search System ("ACCESS")" was found. (Staff)