COVID-19 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC


COVID-19 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

In this time of uncertainty, we find ourselves in unchartered waters.  Nothing is more important to our office than the health and safety of the public and our employees.  We are working with Sheriff Hilton, Sheriff-elect Woods, the judges and all other state and local officials to maintain the proper balance between the very real COVID-19 threat and continuing to protect the public in our sworn duties.  Working together, we assure you that we will provide the best service that we can.  

As your District Attorney, I and my staff are continuing to work and our offices are open for work. However, in an effort to do our part in curtailing the spread of the Coronavirus, we will be instituting the following policies:
 
 
CRIMINAL COURT

The District Court judges have decided to suspend criminal court proceedings between March 16, 2020, through April 17, 2020.  Defendants will receive their new court date and time through the mail. Defendants should contact their attorney with any questions.  The Rapides Parish Clerk’s Office is open and can answer telephone inquiries at (318) 473-8153. Any inquiries to our office can be made via telephone (318) 473-6650 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Email inquiries can be made to info@rapidesda.org.


CHILD SUPPORT

Effective immediately and until further notice, please complete and submit any child support applications through the on-line process at  www.dcfs.louisiana.gov.  

Please call our office between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at (318)442-9200 if you have any inquiries regarding child support or child support hearing dates.   
 
JUVENILE COURT

Juvenile Hearings will be conducted on an as-needed basis.  If you have a matter set between March 16, 2020 - April 17, 2020, you will receive a summons re-setting the matter for a future date except for hearings related to Child in Need of Care, and Emergency Child Custody Matters, and Proceedings for children removed from their homes by emergency court orders.  If you have any questions please call your attorney of record or our office at (318) 767-3988. 

 PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION

In an abundance of caution for the public as well as our staff during this COVID-19 Emergency, the Pre Trial Intervention Department will be suspending all appointments. 
The open enrollment for March and April have been postponed at this time until May. Our web site at www.rapidesdapay.org will remain open as well as the telephone number 1(877)793-7141 
for any credit card payments. Documentation that needs to be turned in may be emailed to vrachal@rapidesda.org.  We also accept faxed documentation at 318-625-3386 or via mail at
Pre Trial Intervention Department P. O. Box 7358, Alexandria, La 71306. Please include your first and last name as well as your D.A. File number on all documentation to ensure it is properly processed.

We strongly encourage all defendants who are required to attend AA/NA meetings, and who cannot find a meeting in the current situation, to attend meetings online.

Our office will continue to strive to give you the best service possible during this time.  

WORTHLESS CHECKS

If you are a victim of a worthless check, you will find our procedure to make your complaint at www.rapidesda.org under the “worthless checks” tab.  You can mail the worthless check to us when you follow that procedure to limit face to face contact.

If you are a worthless check defendant, please mail in your payments to the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office, Attn: Worthless Checks, at P.O. Box 7358, Alexandria, LA 71306 instead of bringing them to the office.  Questions, please call (318) 442-9268.   
 
 
As always I remain at your service,
 
Phillip Terrell,
Rapides Parish District Attorney

 
 
 
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