We have moved into Phase 2 of the Governor's Reopening Plan. The access to the courthouse will continue as in Phase 1. All services for the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court will be conducted on the first floor of our office.
Click HERE for details about Phase 1 which will continue now we are in Phase 2. Additionally, click HERE for a checklist for Marriage License or click HERE for a checklist for Birth and Death Certificates. These checklist can help answer questions and ensure you have the proper and necessary information.
Robin L. Hooter
Rapides Parish Clerk of Court
Previously posted information before Phase 2 can be reviewed below:
We will move into Phase 1 of the Governor's Reopening Plan beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.
In accordance with the Governor's Proclamation and the Rapides Parish Police Jury's Public
Notice, there will be limited access to the courthouse.
Starting Monday, May 18 2020 all services for the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court will be conducted on the first floor of our office.
Click HERE for details about Phase 1.
Additionally, click HERE for a checklist for Marriage License or click HERE for a checklist for Birth and Death Certificates. These checklist can help answer questions and ensure you have the proper and necessary information.
Previously posted information before Phase 1 can be reviewed below:
During these unprecedented times we are striving to continue to offer you the best service. So, in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, per Court Order (Click HERE), extended Court Order (Click HERE), Police Jury Public Notice (Click HERE), our office is "open" for calls, mail, and drop offs at the back doors of the Rapides Parish Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding legal holidays) effective Monday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m.until further notice. Click here for more details.
Click HERE for more details.
The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court would like to alert the public that an email scam has been circulating. The email notifies the recipient of a Notice to Appear in a court case, however, official court notifications that require court appearances are not sent via email for Rapides Parish. This email is a scam and members of the public should not respond to or click on any attachment or link pertaining to appearing in court. If you receive this email, you are advised to delete it as soon as possible and refrain from opening it.
The phone scam shows as our, the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court, phone number on caller IDs. The message on the other end uses fear and threats of arrest to con you into giving them money or information personal and/or financial. We, The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court, never call people about arrest warrants, collection of fines or penalties, and we do not accept payment for outstanding warrants. If you receive one of these calls, hang up and report it to us the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court, 318-473-8153 or the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office 318-473-6700.
The Secretary of State's Office has a statewide Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) electronic filing system that will allow you to start your UCC filings. Click Here to Start a UCC filing
The Office of the Clerk of Court
is established by the Louisiana Constitution. Under the Constitution,
the Clerk is the Recorder of Mortgages, Clerk of the District
Court and the Election Officer of the parish. The Clerk is an
elected position with a four year term.
The Records of Rapides Parish begin in 1865. The records prior
to that date were destroyed in a courthouse fire during the
Civil War. The records are microfilmed as authorized by the
legislature. The Clerk's office has an ever increasing volume
of records which creates an enormous housing and storage problem.
Microfilm and optical imaging are a necessity to solve the problem
of space and availability of records to the public.
The Clerk's office started keeping records on computer in 1984 and most aspects
of the office from that point on are accessible by the computer. By law the records
are open to the public with the exception of adoptions, judicial
commitments, and any record ordered sealed by the court. This
office is one of the few Clerk's offices in the state which
is linked by computer with the Rapides Parish Sheriff and District
Attorney. This combined program was designed in the interest
of fiscal economy and for the benefit of the people they serve.
All filings, whether they are for the Recorder or the Clerk,
must be clocked in as to date and time of filing in the respective
office - Recorder or Clerk. Each filing must be docketed (numbered)
and recorded in the appropriate book or record to which they
relate; indexed and cross indexed for ready reference. The indices
in the Clerk's office are kept alphabetically by the names of
the parties involved. The originals must be retained in the
office and are not returned to the parties as is done in most
The Rapides Parish Clerk's Office is self-supporting and operates
on the fees collected for services rendered. No tax revenues
are used. The fees collected for the services rendered are set
by law. All salaries and expenses are paid out of the Clerk's
Salary Fund. By law the governing body of the Parish has the
responsibility for providing office space and utilities.
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