The Criminal Department is responsible for the filing of all formal charges from the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office in Lincoln Parish. The department handles all felony charges and any misdemeanor charges that occur outside the city limits of the municipal courts.
The department sends notice to the defendants in each case, as well as notifies his/her attorney and bondsman. At the request of the State or defendant, the department will issue subpoenas to witnesses requiring their appearance in court.
The department consists of Minute Clerks, whose responsibilities are to transcribe an outline of what occurs in court, administer the oath to all jurors and witnesses, and keep all evidence introduced by either the State or the defendant. They also issue the subpoenas and post and image all motions and orders into the computer system that are filed in the department.