Divisions

Appeals

The OPDA’s Appeals Division represents the interests of our community and the State of Louisiana in appeals to the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana Supreme Court, and the Appellate Division of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. Assistant District Attorneys assigned to the Appeals Division respond to and litigate post-conviction applications filed in state court. They answer federal…

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Child Support

The District Attorney’s Child Support Enforcement Division enforces child support orders issued from the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. The division was working 15,325 cases as of July 2018. The OPDA and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services perform these services pursuant to a cooperative endeavor agreement. Custodial parents who need assistance establishing the paternity of a minor…

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Communications

Media inquiries to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office should be directed to Public Information Officer Ken Daley. The communications director is available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, and for emergency inquiries after hours and on weekends. Daley joined the OPDA’s office in November 2017, after nearly five years as a crime and criminal courts reporter for NOLA.com |…

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Diversion

In his 10 years in office, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has given second chances to more than 4,800 arrestees through the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office Diversion program. The OPDA’s Diversion program enables qualifying offenders the opportunity to avoid prosecution and conviction by completing a program tailored to individual needs, including educational programming, job skills training and substance-abuse counseling. Our…

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Economic Crimes Complaint Packet

Instructions for completion of an Economic Crimes Complaint: All responses must be printed or typed. Upon completions of packet, please submit: Orleans Parish District Attorney 619 White St. New Orleans, LA 70119 Attn: Economic Crimes Unit Download Packet

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Investigations

The Investigations Division of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office is responsible for providing investigative support for trial prosecutors before and during trials, including locating and securing witnesses, police reports and evidence. OPDA investigators also assist the public with economic crimes such as worthless checks complaints and instances of contractor fraud. Additionally, the division handles applications for the expungement of…

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Juvenile

The OPDA’s Juvenile Division performs multiple functions from its base at the New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center at 1100-B Milton Street. The delinquency division represents the interests of crime victims and the state in criminal proceedings against juvenile offenders aged 17 or younger. In many cases, youth offenders are accepted into the OPDA’s Juvenile Diversion program, where they are given…

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Public Records

In accordance with the Louisiana Public Records Law, La. Rev. Stat. § 44:1, et seq., the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office (“OPDA”) strives to promptly process all requests for public records. To this end, OPDA has created the form below to help you communicate with us to process your request in a timely manner. Please make sure to include all of your…

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Restorative Justice

The OPDA’s restorative justice unit takes a cutting-edge approach to resolving certain criminal cases through mediation efforts. Cases are subjected to this approach only when requested by both the crime victim and criminal defendant, and when approved by the District Attorney and First Assistant. The principles of restorative justice include establishing accountability from criminal defendants who are willing to take…

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Trials

In 10 years in office, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s trials team has impacted New Orleans’ murder rate by taking more than 675 killers off the streets through successful homicide convictions. The Trials Division features those Assistant District Attorneys assigned to present evidence and witness testimony before judges and juries at Criminal District Court, where criminal defendants stand trial for charged…

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