If you have a hearing that meets the exemptions set forth by the Louisiana Supreme Court, you may participate only by using the zoom application. The instructions for that application are explained in the PDF below. The Grant Parish Police Jury has closed the Grant Parish Courthouse to the public.
All hearings not meeting the exemptions set forth by the Louisiana Supreme Court have been continued by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The 35th Judicial District Court continues to monitor the most current statements from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as all communications disseminated by the Louisiana Supreme Court, regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Court is following recommended guidelines from public health officials and preparedness guidance from the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Everyone is encouraged to conduct business with the Court and other governmental agencies in the Courthouse by telephone, mail, facsimile, etc. when possible.
Persons required to appear are encouraged to maintain a safe distance from all other persons.
As of March 16, 2020, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order restricting court operations as provided below. Please see the attached order from the Louisiana Supreme Court. On March 20, 2020, the Louisiana Supreme Court extended that order. That order is also attached below. The order issued by the Louisiana Supreme Court on March 23, 2020 is also attached. For further information, please call our office during regular business hours.
The 35th Judicial District comprises all of Grant Parish, which was organized in 1869 from parts of Rapides and Winn Parishes. According to the U.S. Census for 2010, our parish has a population of 22,309, and covers approximately 2,000 square miles. The parish seat is in Colfax, Louisiana. The 35th Judicial District Court has one judge. Judge Willett was first elected in 2008, and took the bench on January 1, 2009.
I want to thank the voters of Grant Parish who have given me the opportunity to serve the 35th Judicial District as Judge. The role of judge is a very important one which I will strive to undertake to the best of my ability. Like all trial courts in Louisiana, it is the mission of this Court to provide access to justice, to meet all responsibilities in a timely and expeditious manner, to provide equality, fairness and integrity in all proceedings, to maintain judicial independence and accountability, and to reach a fair and just result by adherence to the procedural and substantive law, thereby instilling trust and confidence in the public.
My staff and I are mindful that we are public servants. We strive to serve everyone equally, without prejudice, bias or favoritism. While we wish to serve everyone, there are limitations on activities judges can undertake. As a District Judge, I cannot offer legal advice. Furthermore, judges are generally prohibited from discussing legal proceedings with parties, attorneys or other interested persons outside of the courtroom. While I am interested in hearing what each party has to say, I cannot do so outside the presence of the other party(ies). Improper communication with me or my staff will likely result in me being recused from hearing the matter. Accordingly, please understand that when either I or my staff asks the purpose for your call or refuse to discuss pending legal matters with you, it is not because we do not care what you have to say. Rather, we are trying to maintain the fairness and integrity that each person expects from the Judge’s office. I strongly encourage anyone that has an interest in a particular case to come to the hearings and participate in the proceeding.
I look forward to serving as your District Judge. I welcome your support and prayers as we daily face the challenges of the position.
Send us a message with any questions or concerns, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
If you would like to visit our office, we are located on the second floor of the Grant Parish Courthouse.
200 Main St, Colfax, Louisiana 71417, United States
08:00 am – 04:00 pm
We close daily for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., and all legal holidays. A list of those holidays can be found below.
If the Court is required to close during normal operating hours due to an emergency situation, you may find that order here.