All visitors to the Grant Parish Courthouse must enter through the front entrance, and will be screened and given instructions regarding access to both the Grant Parish Courthouse and the courtroom. Judge Willett signed an order regarding COVID-19 access and procedures on May 14, 2020. You can find this order below. On May 15, 2020, the Louisiana Supreme Court signed a new order which repealed and replaced the previous orders dated April 6, April 22, and April 29, 2020. You can find that order below.
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.
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We are located on the second floor of the Grant Parish Courthouse.
The judicial cannons prohibit judges from having ex-parte communication with parties about legal matters. Therefore the Court cannot provide legal advice or discuss substantive matter related to your case. We may only answer procedural questions or provide technical guidance.
200 Main St, Colfax, Louisiana 71417, United States
08:00 am – 04:30 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.