The Office of the

Lafourche Parish District Attorney

Telephone

Main Office: (985) 447-2003

Child Support: (985) 448-3422

Galliano Office: (985) 632-5568

Hours

Main Office: Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Child Support: Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Galliano Office: Tue, 9am – 12pm | Thurs, 9am – 3pm

Kristine Russell

Lafourche Parish District Attorney

Kristine Russell was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She graduated from Edward Douglas White High School, Nicholls State University, and Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Following her graduation from law school, Kristine began working with the law firm of Morvant and Cavell. Her practice focused on insurance defense and family law. In 1999, Kristine opened her own law practice and continued to work mainly in the area of family law. She also taught Family Law for several years at Nicholls State University.

About Our Office

The Lafourche Parish District Attorney, Kristine Russell, or her designated assistant, has charge of every criminal prosecution by the state in her district. She is also the representative of the state before the grand jury in her district, and is the legal advisor to the grand jury.

 

District Attorney Russell is the statutory legal advisor to the Parish Government and to all Parish Boards and Commissions. In her capacity as legal advisor, she works closely with the Parish Council and the Parish President to protect the interests of Lafourche Parish. She also makes her Office available to answer questions and provide legal advice to Parish Boards and Commissions.

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Lafourche District Courts are open to the public. If you are scheduled, you must appear. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 985-447-2003.
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Our offices are now re-opened to the public! We encourage you to call the location you plan to visit and schedule an appointment rather than just show up, though. Walk-ins will be accepted, but those with appointments will go first. These guidelines will be in place until further notice. We appreciate your cooperation and patience. ... See MoreSee Less

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After a successful first week of Phase One re-opening for the 17th Judicial District Courts, DA Russell would like to provide an update on week two that begins on Tuesday, May 26th.

Here is what you need to know:

• If you have not yet received a new notice to appear for court after having your court appearance continued during the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order, please DO NOT show up for court. Wait for your new court date to be given to you or call our office at 985-447-2003.

• There will be a basic health questionnaire upon entering the Old Courthouse or Annex Courthouse, which also houses the Clerk of Courts Office. If it is determined that it is not safe for you to proceed, you will be given a notice of a new court date if needed and asked to leave the area.

• You will be required to wear a protective facial mask at all times and are encouraged to bring your own. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.

• Only persons ordered to appear in court and their attorneys, if represented, will be allowed to make entry into the courtrooms. A Judge, at his or her discretion, may permit family members, friends, court watchers and members of the public upon request.

• Participation in court proceedings by victims and their families will be handled via audio/visual methods at the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office. The LPDA’s Victims’ Rights Department will be organizing these appearances. All parties will be required to wear masks, though.

• Anyone who is 65 years of age or older, experiencing fever, coughing/sneezing, sore throat, shortness of breath, headaches/body aches, new loss of taste or smell, significant pre-existing respiratory or immune deficiencies, diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health care professional, ordered to isolate/quarantine by a health care professional, or been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should NOT REPORT to court. Instead, call the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office at 985-447-2003 for alternative instructions.

As always, we remain available to answer any questions regarding the 17th JDC by phone call or email. We can be reached at our main line, 985-447-2003, or if you have a child support question, 985-448-3422. We understanding that this is an inconvenience, and appreciate your cooperation and patience throughout this process.
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In Honor of Memorial Day, our Office will be closed on Monday, May 25th.

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Congratulations to Heidi Martin Daigle! She has graduated today from Nicholls State University with a 3.67 GPA in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in history, humanities, and social sciences. She accomplished this achievement while working full time at the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office and being a mother of three. Her dedication and perseverance are admirable and we are lucky to have her on our team. We are so proud of you, Heidi! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations Nicholls State University Graduates!

~ College of Business Administration
~ College of Education & Behavioral Sciences
~ College of Liberal Arts
~ College of Nursing
~ College of Sciences & Technology
~ Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

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Lafourche District Courts Are Opening – Here Is What You Need To Know

Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell and Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court Annette Fontana would like to give a few updates for Phase One Re-Opening of the 17th Judicial District Court and the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, and moving forward court proceedings for Lafourche parish will resume. If you were scheduled to appear for court, please do so. There will be a health and security screening process to enter the courts, though, so please arrive earlier than your scheduled time to ensure you are punctual for your court appearance.

Here is what you need to know:

• Anyone who is 65 years of age or older, experiencing fever, coughing/sneezing, sore throat, shortness of breath, headaches/body aches, new loss of taste or smell, significant pre-existing respiratory or immune deficiencies, diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health care professional, ordered to isolate/quarantine by a health care professional, or been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should NOT REPORT to court. Instead, call the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office at 985-447-2003 for alternative instructions.

• If you have not yet received a new notice to appear for court after having your court appearance continued during the COVID-19 Stay At Home order, please DO NOT show up for court. Wait for your new court date to be given to you or call our office at 985-447-2003.

• There will be a basic health interview in the courtyard area near the corner of Green Street and West 3rd Street. You will not be allowed into either court building or clerk of court office without being cleared to do so at this checkpoint.

• You will be required to wear a protective facial mask at all times and are encouraged to bring your own. If you do not have one, one will be provided during screening.

• If it is determined that it is NOT safe for you to proceed through the screening area, you will be given an order to return at a later date and time and be required to leave the area.

• If cleared to pass through, you will be given an identifying marker to let court personnel know you have gone through the screening process and a mask, if you do not already have one.

• No bags, purses, brief cases or other large items will be permitted past the security checkpoints. These items must be removed from the courthouse area, and will not be held for safekeeping by court personnel. Leave them in your vehicle or at home.

• If cleared, everyone entering the Courthouse Annex will do so only at the West 3rd Street entrance, and the Old Courthouse through the Green Street entrance.

• Only persons ordered to appear in court and their attorneys, if represented, will be allowed to make entry into the courtrooms. A Judge, at his or her discretion, may permit family members, friends, court watchers and members of the public upon request.

• Participation in court proceedings by victims and their families will be handled via audio/visual methods at the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office. The LPDA’s Victims’ Rights Department will be organizing these appearances. All parties will be required to wear masks, though.

• If you are not making an appearance to court, but need to conduct business at the clerk’s office - you will be directed through the screening process to the Clerk’s designated area in the courtyard waiting area. Signs will be present to assist you if needed as well as court personnel. No one will be allowed into the clerk’s office who did not first pass through the screening process. The clerk’s office will not be issuing passports during Phase One; they will however be offering all other services. If you need something printed by the clerk’s office, you are encouraged to call in advance at 985-447-4841. • The Clerk of Court’s Office hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Monday – Friday.

The Lafourche Parish District Attorney will remain closed to the public from Monday, May 18th, to Friday, May 22nd, but fully operational as we have been throughout this process. We are taking measures to ensure the safety of our staff and the public that visits our office once reopening to the public; such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, conducting daily cleanings, daily staff health screenings before entering, sanitation stations, and a BioSafe Germ cleaning.

As always, we remain available to answer any questions regarding the 17th JDC by phone call or email. We can be reached at our main line, 985-447-2003, or if you have a child support question, 985-448-3422. We understanding that this is an inconvenience, and appreciate your cooperation and patience throughout this process.

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