Terms Used In Louisiana Children's Code 811.2

  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.

A.  All courts exercising juvenile jurisdiction may levy a special cost in an amount not to exceed fifteen dollars against any juvenile defendant, other than an indigent, who is found to have committed a traffic violation resulting in injury or property loss, or who pleads guilty to or is adjudicated convicted of a juvenile offense.  Such cost shall be in addition to any fine, clerk’s fees or costs, or any other fees or costs provided by law.

B.  The clerk of court shall remit two-thirds of the sums collected or received pursuant to this Article for deposit in a special account which is hereby designated as the Victims of Juvenile Crime Compensation Fund.  The fund shall be used to compensate victims of juvenile crimes who do not otherwise receive restitution or reparation.  The judges of the courts exercising juvenile jurisdiction shall have control over the fund and disbursements made therefrom. The judges shall cause to be conducted annually an audit of the fund and the books and accounts relating thereto and shall file the same with the office of the legislative auditor, where it shall be available for public inspection.

C.  The judges shall provide by court rule for the collection, administration, and distribution of the fund in order to implement the purpose of this Article.  However, no amount greater than five hundred dollars shall be disbursed from the fund to any one claimant.

D.  The clerk of court shall remit one-third of the total sums collected or received pursuant to this Article monthly to the Crime Victims Reparations Fund as provided in La. Rev. Stat. 46:1801 et seq.

Acts 1993, No. 634, §1, eff. June 15, 1993.