POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 2:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 2:04am
Baton Rouge, La — More than 650 Louisiana justices of the peace and constables are expected to attend the Attorney General’s 42nd Annual Training Conference, slated for February 28 through March 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.
The purpose of the training course is to provide the officials with information about their duties, jurisdiction, and other responsibilities associated with serving as a justice of the peace or constable.
“We always look forward to a successful and productive meeting,” said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. “The Attorney General’s Office has expanded the education, training, and courses offered to Louisiana’s justices of the peace and constables as part of their mandatory continuing education.”
Both constables and justices of the peace hold six-year terms. Constables serve citations and act as the enforcement officer of evictions and garnishments as ordered by the justice of the peace courts.
Justices serve as the judicial authority of a ward or district and have jurisdiction in civil matters when the amount in dispute does not exceed $5,000. Justices of the peace can also perform marriage ceremonies.