Louisiana - Find Jury Types and Sizes In Your State
Louisiana - Jury Types And Sizes
Use this page to find information about juries for each of the court types for the state of Louisiana. Learn about the different types of courts, the number of jurors for each of these types, and the decision rule for a conviction to be made.
Serious criminal cases including violent crimes, property offenses, and drug offenses are tried in Louisiana felony court. Felony juries are generally larger than juries for less serious offenses, and have more stringent conviction requirements due to the severity of the crime and potential punishment.
A jury for the Louisiana District felony court contains 6 or 12 jurors. For a conviction to be made, at least Capital cases and cases where punishment necessarily is confinement at hard labor - unanimous; cases in which punishment may be confinement at hard labor - 10/12 members of the jury must be in agreement on the verdict.
Non-criminal legal cases are tried by the Louisiana Civil Court. Civil cases include a wide variety of lawsuits between individuals or businesses including personal injury / tort cases, contract disputes, and more. Many civil family court cases involve Louisiana divorce cases or other family law issues such as child custody cases , etc. The instructions for a Louisiana civil jury generally differ from those given to a criminal jury.
A jury for the Louisiana District civil court contains 6 or 12 jurors. For a conviction to be made, at least nine members of the jury must be in agreement on the verdict.
Less serious criminal offenses such as theft, vandalism, simple assault, and some drug charges are tried in a Louisiana Misdemeanor Court. Misdemeanors may result in significant fines, probation, or jail time for a convicted defendant. Jury sizes for a misdemeanor trial are generally smaller than a jury for a felony trial.
A jury for the Louisiana District misdemeanor court contains 6 jurors. For a conviction to be made, all members of the jury must come to a unanimous decision. Otherwise, they will remain in deliberations until such a decision is reached.