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What are the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office hours?
Clerk’s Office hours: Lobby 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Telephone 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. You can view Clerk’s Office hours and locations here.
May I contact the Judge directly?
NO. To ensure fairness and equal treatment for all parties in a case, ethics rules specifically prohibit a judge from communicating directly to parties in a case outside of court, with a few limited exceptions. If you want to speak or provide information about your case to the judge, you should NOT contact the judge directly. You must file a legal document or motion with the clerk’s office and request a court hearing. Note that you may be required to pay a filing fee.
If you attempt to contact the judge or the judge’s chambers by phone, letter, or email outside of a court hearing, the judge will NOT review or respond to your communication. Instead, the judge will forward your documents to the clerk’s office with instructions to return the documents to you. This could result in important information about your case not being heard or not being placed into the official court record. At times, the clerk’s office may file the documents publicly into the official court record, if the documents were mistakenly sent to the judge instead of the clerk’s office. However, to ensure the court reviews important information about your case, you must file your documents or written request for a hearing before the judge with the clerk’s office so that the matter can be filed into the official court record.
How do I contact the United States District Court?
Contact information for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana can be found here.
How much does it cost to file different types of pleadings?
How much does it cost for copies?
What method of payment does the court accept for the fees?
Fees paid by an individual person (as opposed to an attorney) can be paid as follows:
Shreveport Divisional Office: Cash, money order, or cashier’s check only
Alexandria Divisional Office: Money order or cashier’s check only
Lafayette Divisional Office: Money order or cashier’s check only
Attorneys additionally may pay by check or by credit card through Pay.gov.
How can a debtor obtain copies of their bankruptcy record?
To obtain copies of bankruptcy cases filed after 2000, contact the clerk's office for assistance. Contact information for the clerk’s office is available here.
Any case filed before the year 2000 may not have documents filed electronically. These records are stored with the National Archives and Records Administration. To request copies of court records stored at the National Archives, you will first need to obtain Federal Records Center (FRC) information from the clerk's office. The National Archives will not be able to locate the requested case files without the following information: transfer (accession) number, location number, box number, case name and case number.
Once you have that information, please follow the instructions provided by the National Archives.