On the Day of the Trial
If you are summoned to appear in court, you should arrange to be available for the entire day. It is difficult to determine how long you will be in court because you may be excused, or you may be needed for more than a day. Often victims and witnesses must wait until preliminary procedures are completed, and in that event, you should eat before coming to court and remember to bring any medications that you are required to take throughout the day.
Cellphones, computers, cameras, radios, electronic devices, food, beverages, weapons, and large bags are not allowed in the courthouse and will be confiscated.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is charged with maintaining the security of the courthouse. Any questions regarding permissible items should be directed to the OPSO at 504-822-8000.
If you need disability assistance or other special arrangements made for the day of your testimony, please call OPDA’s Victim/Witness Division at 504-822-2414. If the case is in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, please call 504-658-9500.