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Magistrate Court

The Magistrate Court Paralegal’s Office is located at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 7090 Alabama Avenue, Bldg. 1454, Fort Polk, LA 71459. Office hours are from 0800 to 1630. The office will be closed for no longer than 30 minutes at mid-day for lunch.


The Fort Polk Federal Magistrate Court hears all cases in which individuals were given citations for misdemeanors or petty offenses committed on the installation.

A “misdemeanor” is defined as a crime which can result in imprisonment for more than (6) months, but less than (1) year and which can result in a fine of more than $500.  A “petty offense” is defined as an offense which can result in imprisonment for no more than (6) months and a fine of no more than $5,000. 

An offense which may be punished by imprisonment in excess of (6) months and/or a fine in excess of $500 may be prosecuted only upon a sworn complaint.  Offenses not committed in the presence of a citing officer may be prosecuted via the DD Form 1805. A conviction in Magistrate Court is a Federal Conviction.

The Federal Magistrate System is established and operated according to 18 U.S.C. 7, Fed. R. Crim. P. 58, and AR 27-10.


Military Jurisdiction: The Magistrate Court hears cases involving Active Duty SMs only for selected offenses pursuant to the Command Policy Memorandum signed by BG James C. Yarbrough on 13 October 2009. The only cases for which Soldiers are prosecuted in Magistrate Court are DWI, Underage DUI, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Hit & Run, Traffic Violations after the SM has accrued more than 12 points on his/her on-post driving record in a 12 month period, Driving with no Driver’s License Issued, Driving on Suspended License, Driving without Valid Insurance, and illegally Parking in a Handicapped Parking Space.

Civilian Jurisdiction: The Magistrate Court is the court of general jurisdiction for all misdemeanor offenses committed by civilians while on the grounds of the United States Military Reservation at Fort Polk. Felonies committed on Fort Polk are prosecuted in the District Court for the WDLA. The SAUSA will coordinate with the U.S. Attorney’s office in prosecuting felony cases and provide any assistance required in investigating or trying the case.

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102 Versailles Blvd., Suite 816                                        
Lafayette, LA 70501                            
Fax: 337-262-6605

Appearing before the Magistrate Court

Building 1946, on 15th Street (Court House) next to the 1st MEB HQ.


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