JUDGE JULES EDWARDS

NEW STATUTE PROVIDES UNIFORM COMMITMENT ORDER ACT 186

CLERK TO FILL IN: BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU DOING IT?

Well,  Act 186 amends the sentencing laws to provide DOC with a single form ORDER for getting the correct sentencing information from the District court.

“Art. 892. Post-sentence statement by sheriff; accompanying documents

B.(1) When a sheriff’s statement is required as set forth above pursuant to Paragraph A of this Article, the clerk of court shall also prepare the following documents:

(c) The name and address of the judge and of the district attorney who participated in the trial. A copy of the Uniform Sentencing Commitment Order in  the format authorized by the Louisiana Supreme Court which shall include the name
and address of the judge, the district attorney, and the defense attorney who  participated in the sentencing trial.”

Judge Edwards, Lafayette Track 3, proposes (perhaps orders?) that this form be completed in court and he will provide a PC for that purpose.  But the form is for all sentencing.  What about the lawyer for the defense doing it?

Well, it does in fact represent the interests of your client in a proper record getting to DOC.  This Order is the result of DOC having a hell of a time determining what good time counts and how for what offenses.  So – is it best for the client that we do the work on this?

In any event, it would take an objection and a Writ App to get you off the job in Track 3.  But what about other tracks?  Who’s doing this?   Judge Edwards has provided a fillable PDF which makes it pretty easy to fill this form, but you won’t be able to until there is a deal.  Should you bring your own PC to the court and just use the judge’s to print?

LPCC INMATES OVERCROWDING LEADS TO LAKE PROVIDENCE, LA.

Up near the Arkansas border, the East Carroll Detention Center has started housing LPCC inmates.  The latest list from the S.O. includes a number of clients of the Lafayette PDO who are set for court in late July and early August.  The list of clients and their attorney provided by the S.O. is available here.

Counsel has to take steps for access in advance of the court date.  It is unacceptable to wait until the trial date unless you can document sufficient client contact in advance and your client understands that.  PDO staff cannot handle this for the clients.  We are in contact with the administration of LPCC and working to see if there is a potential fix.  At this point the ball is in counsel’s court.