The Civil Department is responsible for the filing of all pleadings relating to civil, probate, adoption records. successions, interdictions, emancipations and issuing services and notices. Adoption records are not public. Therefore, copies of adoptions will require a court order to be released. Advance deposits must be paid at the time of filing apart from pauper cases and answers to the original petition in accordance with R.S. 13:843.
In accordance with R.S. 13:502 an individual may file any money claim under the amount of $5,000 on the Clerks Docket; all other claims are filed under the Civil Suits.