Grace Bennett Gasaway
Judge



City Court of Hammond

7th Ward
Parish of Tangipahoa
State of Louisiana

 

Address:

303 East Thomas Street
Hammond, LA 70401

Phone: 985.542.3455
FAX: 985.542.3453


Juvenile Division

Address:

303 East Thomas Street
Hammond, LA 70401
Phone: 985.542.3457


Business Hours

Monday - Friday

8AM-4PM except for holidays


Jurisdiction:

City Court jurisdiction includes all of the 7th Ward from:

  • Northern boundary: Wardline Road/ University Drive. (Also includes all incorporated areas of the City of Hammond north of Wardline Road /University Drive)
  • Southern boundary: Tangipahoa Parish line south of Manchac.
  • Eastern boundary: Tangipahoa River.
  • Western Boundary: Livingston Parish line.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE


AN UPDATED MESSAGE FROM JUDGE GRACE BENNETT GASAWAY
City Court of Hammond | Seventh Ward Tangipahoa Parish

April 2, 2020

Following the recommendations of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Center for Disease Control, and the Office of the Governor of Louisiana, and specifically Proclamation Number JBE 2020-41 effective at 12:00 a.m. on April 2, 2020by the State of Louisiana Executive Department, the City Court of Hammond is taking every measure to protect the health and safety of City Court employees and the public from the threat of COVID-19, and has issued the following Notice:

NOTICE:

Normal court operations at the City Court of Hammond and the City Clerk of Court's Office will be suspended through April 30, 2020 at 4 o'clock p.m. or until further notice.

The public is encouraged to pay fines and fees online and to utilize fax filings for civil cases, which will be intercepted and processed upon reopening of the Court. The Civil Division fax filing number is (985) 542-3670.

In accordance with the Governor's most recent Proclamation, referred to above, all legal delays, including liberative prescription and preemptive periods applicable to legal proceedings in all courts are suspended through April 30, 2020 at 4 o'clock p.m..

All cases will be reassigned and the Court will send notice to the last address that was provided on file. It is your responsibility to ensure that the court has a current address.



The City Court of Hammond will be closed for business pursuant to LSA-R.S. 1:55 on the following dates:

April 10
May 25





ATTENTION: The court's Civil Division, Juvenile Division, and Court School Have moved into the City Court of Hammond's courthouse building, at 303 East Thomas St., Hammond, LA 70401. The Traffic/Criminal Division is Located on the ground floor of the courthouse.



The City Court of Hammond



The City Court is a court of record that processes civil, criminal, traffic, and juvenile matters. It is the goal of the court to provide the citizens of the Seventh Ward with efficient and convenient access to justice.

The City Court Divisions:


Civil:

City Court presides over cases when a civil lawsuit is filed wherein the damages or amount sued for does not exceed $30,000.00.

Small Claims:

City Court presides over limited types of civil cases filed wherein the amount sued for does not exceed $5,000.00 including the following cases:

  • Suits on Promissory Notes
  • Suits on Open Accounts
  • Suits on Negotiable Instruments

Criminal/Traffic:

The City Court presides over misdemeanor and traffic offenses occuring within the court's jurisdiction.

Juvenile:

City Court excercises jurisdiction over the following juvenile cases:

  • Delinquency Cases
  • Misdemeanor and felony offenses within the court's jurisdiction

Juvenile Services

  • Families in Need of Services (FINS) Hammond and Ponchatoula
  • Seventh Ward Assertive Truancy Program (SWAT)

Ancillary Court Services

  • Defensive Driving
  • Shoplifters Alternative Program



The phone number for Small Claims has been changed recently.
Updated information for all staff can be located here.