Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 15:567

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • 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.
  • person: includes a body of persons, whether incorporated or not. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 1:10
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.

A.  Whenever the Supreme Court of Louisiana affirms a sentence of death, after review on appeal provided by Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Article 905.9, the court of original jurisdiction shall cause to be forwarded to the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections a certified copy of the indictment, verdict, sentence, and the judgment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana affirming the sentence of death.  

B.  The court of original jurisdiction shall also issue a warrant commanding the secretary to cause the execution of the person condemned as provided by law.  The warrant shall specify the date upon which the person condemned shall be put to death, which date shall be not less than sixty days nor more than ninety days from the date the warrant is issued.  Upon receipt of the warrant the secretary shall cause a copy of the warrant to be delivered to the person condemned.  A certified copy of the warrant shall be mailed, return receipt requested, to the governor and the return receipt filed in the record.  

C.  If any federal or Louisiana court grants a stay of execution, or if the governor of Louisiana grants a reprieve, the trial court shall reset the execution date at not less than thirty days nor more than forty-five days from the dissolution of the stay order, or termination or expiration of the reprieve.  

D.  The execution of a female who has been clinically diagnosed as being pregnant shall be suspended.  The trial court shall reset the execution date at not less than ninety days nor more than one hundred twenty days from the date of delivery of the baby, a miscarriage, or voluntary termination of the pregnancy.  

E.  The failure of the trial court to fix an execution date within the time limits of this Section shall not affect the validity of a sentence of death.  In such a case, the attorney general shall bring a mandamus proceeding in any court of competent jurisdiction to have the trial court set the execution date at not less than thirty days nor more than forty-five days from the date of issuance of the mandamus order.  

Amended by Acts 1956, Ex.Sess., No. 18, §1; Acts 1978, No. 758, §1; Acts 1980, No. 518, §1; Acts 1981, No. 585, §1, eff. July 20, 1981; Acts 1985, No. 178, §1, eff. July 6, 1985; Acts 1989, No. 740, §1.