New Orleans Traffic Court
Traffic Court handles moving violations only. If you are looking for information about parking or camera tickets, please visit the DPW Parking and Camera Safety Tickets site.
A traffic citation (ticket) has one or more violations, hand-written on the front of the ticket by the police officer. Each violation has a numeric code and a short, written description. Each violation listed on the ticket has a specific fine and fee associated with it.
At the bottom of the traffic citation, the police officer has written the arraignment due date (first appearance date). This is the date by which the motorist must take action on his/her ticket.
The action taken by the motorist must be:
- Plead guilty and pay the fines and fees
- Plead not guilty and request a trial date before a Traffic Court Judge
If the motorist takes no action on or before his/her first appearance date, a late fee of $100.00 will be added to the original total amount due for the traffic citation.
Normally, Traffic Court receives traffic tickets from police agencies between seven (7) and ten (10) days after a ticket was issued to a motorist. Upon receipt, Traffic Court employees enter the tickets into the Courts computer, and the ticket is immediately available for processing. Please remember that no action can be taken on a specific traffic ticket until it is available for processing on Traffic Courts computer system. Therefore, please wait at least seven (7) days from the ticket issue date before contacting Traffic Court to take action on that traffic citation.
Failure to appear
Failure to Appear (FTA) will Always Add Late Fee Charges to Your Traffic Citation
Failure to appear on or before your first appearance date
The traffic citation you were issued has the first appearance date or arraignment date written on the front of the ticket by the police officer. On or before this date, you must:
- Make payment for your fines and fees
- Set a trial date to plead your case before a Traffic Court Judge
If neither action is taken, you will be in Contempt of Court, and you will be assessed a late fee of $100.00, which is added to the original fines and fees associated with your traffic violations. In addition, an Arrest Attachment may be issued for you which could result in your arrest if you are stopped for any additional traffic infractions.
If your case is in a Failure to Appear status, you should appear at Traffic Court, immediately to make arrangements to change your delinquent case status.
Failure to appear to make a deferred payment
If you fail to make a deferred payment that you scheduled with Traffic Court, your case will be in Contempt of Court and your case will be assigned an FTA status. This means that additional late fees will be added to your case, and an Arrest Attachment may be issued for you. Should this condition occur, please appear at Traffic Court to complete the procedures to immediately resolve all issues associated with your traffic citation.
Failure to appear for trial
If you failed to appear at Traffic Court for your trial, you must appear as soon as possible at the original division of court and time you were assigned to make arrangements to have your trial rescheduled. In this situation, a contempt of court fine may be applied to your case.
An unresolved Failure to Appear for any of the above will result in the forwarding of your traffic citation information to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, which will result in the suspension of your drivers license and additional fees.
You must bring or mail the $100 Contempt Fee to receive a trial date and your reinstatement letter to take to the DMV. With your payment you will need to include the following:
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Ticket number
- Address at time ticket was issued
- Current address and phone, and your
- Driver's license number